wizened

[wiz-uhnd; wee-zuhnd]
adjective
withered; shriveled: a wizened old man; wizened features.

Origin:
1505–15; wizen + -ed2

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wizen

[wiz-uhn; wee-zuhn] British Dialect.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to wither; shrivel; dry up.
adjective

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English wisenen, Old English wisnian; cognate with Old Norse visna to wither; (adj.) shortened form of wizened

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wizen1 (ˈwɪzən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become shrivelled
 
adj
2.  a variant of wizened
 
[Old English wisnian; related to Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanēn]

wizen2 (ˈwiːzən)
 
n
an archaic word for weasand

wizened or wizen (ˈwɪzənd)
 
adj
shrivelled, wrinkled, or dried up, esp with age
 
wizen or wizen
 
adj

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wizen
O.E. wisnian, weosnian "to wither," cognate with O.N. visna, O.H.G. wesanen "to dry up, shrivel, wither;" Ger. verwesen "to decay, rot."
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Look for stems that are firm and green, not brownish and wizened.
Some of the spines appear wizened with age, others straight at attention.
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