EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective late in occurring, developing, or flowering.
se·rot·i·nous [si- rot-n- uh s, ser- uh- tahy-n uh s] /sɪˈrɒt n əs, ˌsɛr əˈtaɪ nəs/
Origin of serotine 1 1590–1600;
(adv.) late +
adj. suffix of time; cf.
serein noun a small Eurasian brown bat, Eptesicus serotinus. Origin of serotine 2 1765–75;
sērōtinus serotine 1
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Examples from the Web for serotine Historical Examples of serotine
Serotine and the Noctule are our two largest Bats, and in the early records they were very much confused.
Serotine makes its appearance in public about sunset, apparently retiring early and flying again in the early morning.
The best known species (Tnia obtusata) has been found in the
serotine, in the mouse-colored bat, and in Vespertilio lasiurus. British Dictionary definitions for serotine adjective Also: serotinal ( sɪˈrɒtɪn), əl serotinous biology produced, flowering, or developing late in the season noun either of two insectivorous bats, Eptesicus serotinus or Vespertilio serotinus: family Vespertilionidae Word Origin for serotine
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 serotine adj.
"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."
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