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a combining form meaning “silk,” used as a base in English derivatives: sericin.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of seric-
Combining form of Medieval Latin sēricum silk (Latin sēricusChinese, silken) <Greek sērikón silk, neuter of sērikósChinese, silken, equivalent to sḗr silkworm + -ikos-ic
Words nearby seric-
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Example sentences from the Web for seric-
The Seres therefore were the hypothetical producers of the article that bore their name (seric).
In the first place the crude form seric was neither Latin nor Greek, so that the -ic could not be adjectival.