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serotine

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[ ser-uh-tin, -tahyn ]
/ ˈsɛr ə tɪn, -ˌtaɪn /
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adjective
late in occurring, developing, or flowering.
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Also se·rot·i·nous [si-rot-n-uhs, ser-uh-tahy-nuhs]. /sɪˈrɒt n əs, ˌsɛr əˈtaɪ nəs/.

Origin of serotine

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1590–1600; <Latin sērōtinus, equivalent to sērō (adv.) late + -tinus adj. suffix of time; cf. serein

Other definitions for serotine (2 of 2)

serotine2
[ ser-uh-tin, -tahyn ]
/ ˈsɛr ə tɪn, -ˌtaɪn /

noun
a small Eurasian brown bat, Eptesicus serotinus.

Origin of serotine

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1765–75; <French sérotine<Latin sērōtina, feminine of sērōtinusserotine1
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How to use serotine in a sentence

  • The Serotine makes its appearance in public about sunset, apparently retiring early and flying again in the early morning.

  • The Serotine and the Noctule are our two largest Bats, and in the early records they were very much confused.

  • The best known species (Tnia obtusata) has been found in the serotine, in the mouse-colored bat, and in Vespertilio lasiurus.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for serotine

serotine
/ (ˈsɛrəˌtaɪn) /

adjective
Also: serotinal (sɪˈrɒtɪnəl), 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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