- dry; withered.
Origin of sere1
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- 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 serest
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.