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[ser-uh-tin, -tahyn]
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  1. late in occurring, developing, or flowering.
Also se·rot·i·nous [si-rot-n-uh s, ser-uh-tahy-nuh s] /sɪˈrɒt n əs, ˌsɛr əˈtaɪ nəs/.

Origin of serotine1

1590–1600; < Latin sērōtinus, equivalent to sērō (adv.) late + -tinus adj. suffix of time; cf. serein
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Examples from the Web for serotinous

Historical Examples

  • The third group, the Insignes, contains the serotinous species.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • Cones tenaciously persistent, serotinous in various degrees.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • The serotinous habit is more pronounced in this than in any other species.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • Hence all the families of this legion appear to be serotinous, their simple primitive nucleus persisting for a long period.

  • The serotinous cone is a gradual development, wanting in most species, rare in a few, less or more frequent in others.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for serotinous


  1. Also: serotinal (sɪˈrɒtɪnəl), serotinous biology produced, flowering, or developing late in the season
  1. either of two insectivorous bats, Eptesicus serotinus or Vespertilio serotinus: family Vespertilionidae

Word Origin

C16: from Latin sērōtinus late, from sērus late; applied to the bats because they fly late in the evening
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Word Origin and History for serotinous



"late," 1590s, from French sérotine, from Latin serotinus "that which comes late; that which happens in the evening," from sero, adverb of serus "late" (see soiree). Also as a noun, a type of small, brown bat, from 1771. Related: serotinous, in botany (1880) "appearing later in the season than usual."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

serotinous in Science


[sĭ-rŏtn-əs, sĕr′ə-tīnəs]
  1. Late in developing, opening, or blooming. For example, serotinous pine cones may persist unopened on the tree for years and only burst open during a forest fire. Serotinous flowers on trees develop only after the tree has produced leaves.
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