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sere1

or sear

[seer] /sɪər/
adjective
1.
dry; withered.
Origin of sere1
900
before 900; Middle English seer(e), Old English sēar; see sear1
Synonyms
arid, parched, desiccated, wizened.

sere2

[seer] /sɪər/
noun
1.
the series of stages in an ecological succession.
Origin
First recorded in 1915-20; back formation from series
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  • 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.

  • Many leaves were yet left on the boughs; but they were sere and withered.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The dead grass and the dead leaves made a sere, yellow world.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • He took to proverbs; sure sign of the sere leaf in a man's mind.

  • The Padre met it with a dry, unsympathetic palm, as sere and yellow as the hills.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for sere

sere1

/sɪə/
adjective
1.
(archaic) dried up or withered
verb, noun
2.
a rare spelling of sear1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
Old English sēar; see sear1

sere2

/sɪə/
noun
1.
the series of changes occurring in the ecological succession of a particular community
Word Origin
C20: from series
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Word Origin and History for sere
adj.

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."

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sere in Science
sere
  (sîr)   
The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax community. See more at succession.
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