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sere1

or sear

[seer]
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adjective
  1. dry; withered.

Origin of sere1

before 900; Middle English seer(e), Old English sēar; see sear1

Synonyms

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arid, parched, desiccated, wizened.
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British Dictionary definitions for serest

sere1

sear

adjective
  1. archaic dried up or withered
verb, noun
  1. a rare spelling of sear 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin

Old English sēar; see sear 1

sere2

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 serest

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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serest in Science

sere

[sîr]
  1. 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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