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intr. & tr.v. shriv·eled, shriv·el·ing, shriv·els or shriv·elled or shriv·el·ling
1. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
2. To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity: My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.
3. To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.

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Adj.1.shriveled - (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
2.shriveled - 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"
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
3.shriveled - 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"
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree
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References in classic literature ?
His shriveled old hands were folded and on the finger of one of them Pierre noticed a large cast iron ring with a seal representing a death's head.
"He gave no heed to my entreaties, but (as fearless a gentleman as lived in all the South) walked quickly to the center of the room, knelt beside one of the bodies for a closer examination and tenderly raised its blackened and shriveled head in his hands.
Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up.
Summary: Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] June 22 (ANI): Bringing huge respite for shriveled Chennai, rains lashed several parts of the city here on Saturday.
But when the cloned palms matured, some plants made shriveled fruits with very little oil.
These include further enhancement of the limit of shriveled and broken grain from 9 per cent to 10 per cent and ' special girdawari' ( survey to assess damage to crops) for the next five days in the state where crops are still standing and for damage to crops that occurred due to the rains on April Wednesday and Thursday.
A shriveled leaf is generally a problem of underwatering.
For November, shipments shriveled 36.3 percent from a year earlier to 119.9 billion yen for the 16th straight monthly fall, dragged down by a 48.8 percent drop in shipments of flat-panel TVs and a 65.8 percent decline in those of Blu-ray disc recorders.
in the sand hills above the Nile, skin shriveled to bone,
"Dent" corn has both soft and hard starch and dries down at different rates, thus the "dent" sweet-corn always looks shriveled because of the sugars in it.
If instead of shriveled, the roots are developing a white mold, the roots need to be uncovered and exposed to drying air currents.
Both lines of tricepiro analyzed here differ in their kernel characteristics: Don Rene has shriveled kernels while FA-L2 has smooth ones.