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serotinous

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adjective se·rot·i·nous \sə-ˈrät-nəs, -ˈrä-tə-; ˌser-ə-ˈtī-nəs\

Definition of serotinous

  1. :  remaining closed on the tree with seed dissemination delayed or occurring gradually <serotinous cones>

serotiny play \sə-ˈrät-nē, -ˈrä-tə-\ noun


Origin of serotinous

Latin serotinus coming late, from sero late — more at soiree


First Known Use: circa 1656


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