serotinous


se·rot·i·nous

adjective \sə-ˈrät-nəs, -ˈrä-tə-; ˌser-ə-ˈtī-nəs\

Definition of SEROTINOUS

:  remaining closed on the tree with seed dissemination delayed or occurring gradually <serotinous cones>
se·rot·i·ny \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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