sere

1

or sear

[ seer ]
/ sɪər /
||

adjective

dry; withered.

Origin of sere

1
before 900; Middle English seer(e), Old English sēar; see sear1

Definition for sere (2 of 2)

sere

2
[ seer ]
/ sɪər /

noun

the series of stages in an ecological succession.

Origin of sere

2
First recorded in 1915–20; back formation from series
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British Dictionary definitions for sere (1 of 2)

sere

1

sear

/ (sɪə) /

adjective

archaic dried up or withered

verb, noun

a rare spelling of sear 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin for sere

Old English sēar; see sear 1

British Dictionary definitions for sere (2 of 2)

sere

2
/ (sɪə) /

noun

the series of changes occurring in the ecological succession of a particular community

Word Origin for sere

C20: from series
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Word Origin and History for sere

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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Science definitions for sere

sere

[ sîr ]

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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