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sere

adjective \ ˈsir \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of sere

1 : being dried and withered
2 archaic : threadbare

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Examples of sere in a Sentence

  1. a sere region that can't support agriculture

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Sere has not wandered very far from its origins-it derives from the Old English word sēar (meaning "dry"), which traces back to the same ancient root that gave Old High German, Greek, and Lithuanian words for drying out and withering. The adjective sere once had the additional meaning of "threadbare," but that use is now archaic. The noun sere also exists, though it isn't common; its meanings are "a dry period or condition " or "withered vegetation." There are also three unrelated nouns spelled sere. They refer to a claw or talon; a series of ecological communities; and a Hebrew vowel point.

Origin and Etymology of sere

Middle English, from Old English sēar dry; akin to Old High German sōrēn to wither, Greek hauos dry, Lithuanian sausas


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sere

noun

Definition of sere

: a series of ecological communities formed in ecological succession

Origin and Etymology of sere

Latin series series


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