serotine

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

late in occurring, developing, or flowering.

Nearby words

  1. serositis,
  2. serosity,
  3. serosynovitis,
  4. serotherapy,
  5. serotinal,
  6. serotinous,
  7. serotonergic,
  8. serotonin,
  9. serotype,
  10. serous

Also se·rot·i·nous [si-rot-n-uh s, ser-uh-tahy-nuh s] /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

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British Dictionary definitions for serotinous

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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Word Origin and History for serotinous

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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Science definitions for serotinous

serotinous

[ sĭ-rŏtn-əs, sĕr′ə-tīnəs ]

Late in developing, opening, or blooming. For example, serotinous pine cones may persist unopened on the tree for years and only burst open during a forest fire. Serotinous flowers on trees develop only after the tree has produced leaves.
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