[ser-uh-tin, -tahyn]

Origin of serotine

1765–75; < French sérotine < Latin sērōtina, feminine of sērōtinus serotine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for serotines


  1. Also: serotinal (sɪˈrɒtɪnəl), serotinous biology produced, flowering, or developing late in the season
  1. 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 serotines



"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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