- late in occurring, developing, or flowering.
Origin of serotine1
Examples from the Web for serotinous
The third group, the Insignes, contains the serotinous species.
Cones tenaciously persistent, serotinous in various degrees.
The serotinous habit is more pronounced in this than in any other species.
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.
- Also: serotinal (sɪˈrɒtɪnəl), serotinous biology produced, flowering, or developing late in the season
- either of two insectivorous bats, Eptesicus serotinus or Vespertilio serotinus: family Vespertilionidae
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."
- 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.