\ ˈkrīn \

Definition of crine

transitive verb

Scottish : to cause to dry up, shrink, or shrivel

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First Known Use of crine

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for crine

Scottish Gaelic crīon to wither; akin to Old Irish crīn withered, Latin caries decay

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“Crine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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