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shrivel (v.)

1560s (implied in shriveled), a word of unknown origin, not found in Middle English; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish skryvla "to wrinkle, to shrivel"), perhaps ultimately connected with shrimp (n.) and shrink (v.). Related: Shriveled; shriveling.

Middle English did have rivelled "wrinkled, furrowed," from Old English rifelede, from *rifel "a wrinkle or fold on the skin," a word of obscure origin, "very common c 1530-1720" [OED] in the senses "dried" (of fruit), "shriveled by heat."

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Definitions of shrivel from WordNet

shrivel (v.)
wither, as with a loss of moisture;
The fruit dried and shriveled
Synonyms: shrivel up / shrink / wither
shrivel (v.)
decrease in size, range, or extent;
My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me
Synonyms: shrink
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