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 for Shrunken
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrink \Shrink\, v. i. [imp. Shrankor Shrunkp. p. Shrunk
     or Shrunken, but the latter is now seldom used except as a
     participial adjective; p. pr. & vb. n. Shrinking.] [OE.
     shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken,
     and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle,
     to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]
     1. To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract
        into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to
        become compacted.
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              And on a broken reed he still did stay
              His feeble steps, which shrunk when hard thereon he
              lay.                                  --Spenser.
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              I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes,
              will shrink or draw into less room.   --Bacon.
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              Against this fire do I shrink up.     --Shak.
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              And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              All the boards did shrink.            --Coleridge.
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     2. To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action
        from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress.
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              What happier natures shrink at with affright,
              The hard inhabitant contends is right. --Pope.
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              They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank
              from the task.                        --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd.)
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     3. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body,
        or part of it; to shudder; to quake. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrunken \Shrunk"en\,
     p. p. & a. from Shrink.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shrunken
      adj 1: lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness;
             "the old woman's shriveled skin"; "he looked shriveled
             and ill"; "a shrunken old man"; "a lanky scarecrow of a
             man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie; "he
             did well despite his withered arm"; "a wizened little man
             with frizzy grey hair" [syn: shriveled, shrivelled,
             shrunken, withered, wizen, wizened]
      2: reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity; "our shriveled
         receipts during the storm"; "as the project wore on she found
         her enthusiasm shriveled"; "the dollar's shrunken buying
         power" [syn: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrunken":
     Lilliputian, Sanforized, Tom Thumb, abated, ablated, atrophied,
     attenuated, bated, belittled, brittle, by the board, consumed,
     contracted, corky, curtailed, decreased, deflated, depleted,
     desiccated, diminished, dissipated, dried-up, dropped, dumpy,
     dwarf, dwarfed, dwarfish, elfin, emacerated, emaciated, eroded,
     expended, fallen, forfeit, forfeited, gone, incipient,
     irretrievable, less, lesser, long-lost, lost, lost to, lower,
     lowered, meager, midget, miniaturized, nanoid, out the window,
     papery, parched, parchmenty, preshrunk, pygmy, reduced, retrenched,
     rudimental, rudimentary, runty, scaled-down, scraggy, scrubby,
     sear, sere, shorn, shorter, shriveled, shriveled up, shrunk,
     smaller, squandered, squat, stunted, thin, undersize, undersized,
     used, used up, wasted, wasted away, watered-down, weakened,
     weazened, wilted, withered, wizen, wizen-faced, wizened, worn,
     worn away, wrinkled
  
  

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