se·​rot·​i·​nous sə-ˈrät-nəs How to pronounce serotinous (audio)
: remaining closed on the tree with seed dissemination delayed or occurring gradually
serotinous cones
sə-ˈrät-nē How to pronounce serotinous (audio)

Examples of serotinous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book pairs those affirmations with personal essays about her childhood, her miscarriages, her kids, and observations about nature, including the way serotinous pinecones only release their seeds in fire. Sophy Chaffee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serotinous was circa 1656

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“Serotinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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