- dry; withered.
Origin of sere1
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- the series of stages in an ecological succession.
Origin of sere2
Examples from the Web for sere
Each branch of the services established its own SERE program, the Air Force at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Agency officials made first contact with the SERE trainers during April 2002, not long after Abu Zubaydah was captured.The CIA's Interrogation "Menu"
June 8, 2009
SERE training techniques are legitimate tools for training our people.A Senator Calls Out Cheney's Lies
June 2, 2009
There is no sere and yellow leaf here—fruits and flowers are perennial.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
The skies they were ashen and sober, and the leaves they were crisped and sere.The Martian
George Du Maurier
It was an old, old hunting-coat, far gone in the sere and yellow leaf.The Singing Mouse Stories
Many leaves were yet left on the boughs; but they were sere and withered.My Novel, Complete
The dead grass and the dead leaves made a sere, yellow world.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
- archaic dried up or withered
- a rare spelling of sear 1 (def. 1)
- the series of changes occurring in the ecological succession of a particular community
Word Origin and History for sere
Old English sear "dried up, withered, barren," from Proto-Germanic *sauzas (cf. Middle Low German sor, Dutch zoor), from PIE root *saus- "dry" (cf. Sanskrit susyati "dries, withers;" Old Persian uška- "dry" (adj.), "land" (n.); Avestan huška- "dry;" Latin sudus "dry"). A good word now relegated to bad poetry. Related to sear. Sere month was an old name for "August."
- The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax community. See more at succession.