Part of speech: verb

To shrink and wrinkle; wither.

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Usage examples "shrivel":

  1. In his present frame of mind he would have liked to deliver a blast into that transmitter which would cause the person at the other end of the line to shrivel under its heat. - "Cy Whittaker's Place", Joseph C. Lincoln.
  2. An essential and beautiful part of their humanity has been allowed to shrivel away until it has been lost sight of in their calculations. - "Heart and Soul", Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post).
  3. The leaves of plants first developed and perfected, and therefore nearer the surface of the soil, shrivel up and become yellow, lose their vitality, and fall off while the plant is in an active state of growth, without any visible cause. - "Familiar Letters of Chemistry", Justus Liebig.