serotinous

adjective
se·​rot·​i·​nous | \ sə-ˈrät-nəs How to pronounce serotinous (audio) , -ˈrä-tə-; ˌser-ə-ˈtī-nəs \

Definition of serotinous

: remaining closed on the tree with seed dissemination delayed or occurring gradually serotinous cones

Other Words from serotinous

serotiny \ sə-​ˈrät-​nē How to pronounce serotinous (audio) , -​ˈrä-​tə-​ \ noun

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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First Known Use of serotinous

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serotinous

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

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The first known use of serotinous was circa 1656

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“Serotinous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serotinous. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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