- covered with many small, identical figures.
Origin of semé
1555–65; < French: literally, sown, past participle of semer < Latin sēmināre to sow, equivalent to sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -āre infinitive suffix
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Examples from the Web for seme
Certys me seme at I se e felonus couines of wikked men abounden in ioie and in gladnes.
O e erelyche bestes considere e nat ouer whiche ing at it seme at e han power.
And it seme to some oer folk at noblesse of renoun be e souerein goode.
Noblesse and fauour of poeple whiche at iue as it seme a manere clernesse of renoun.
For it seme at gentilesse be a maner preysynge at come of decert of auncestres.
- (postpositive usually foll by of) heraldry dotted (with)semé of fleurs-de-lys gules
C16: from French, literally: sown, from semer to sow, from Latin sēmināre, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for seme
"covered with a small, constantly repeating pattern," 1560s, from Middle French semée "strewn, sprinkled," past participle of semer, from Latin seminare "to sow," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen).
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