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sere 1

also sear  (sîr)
Withered; dry: sere vegetation at the edge of the desert.

[Middle English, from Old English sēar.]

sere 2

The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax.

[From series.]


(sɪə) or


archaic dried up or withered
vb, n
a rare spelling of sear11
[Old English sēar; see sear1]


(Environmental Science) the series of changes occurring in the ecological succession of a particular community
[C20: from series]



dry; withered.
[before 900; Old English sēar, c. Middle Low German sōr]



a stage in an ecological succession of plant communities.
[1915–20; extracted from series, or < Latin serere to join in a series]


Past participle: sered
Gerund: sering

I sere
you sere
he/she/it seres
we sere
you sere
they sere
I sered
you sered
he/she/it sered
we sered
you sered
they sered
Present Continuous
I am sering
you are sering
he/she/it is sering
we are sering
you are sering
they are sering
Present Perfect
I have sered
you have sered
he/she/it has sered
we have sered
you have sered
they have sered
Past Continuous
I was sering
you were sering
he/she/it was sering
we were sering
you were sering
they were sering
Past Perfect
I had sered
you had sered
he/she/it had sered
we had sered
you had sered
they had sered
I will sere
you will sere
he/she/it will sere
we will sere
you will sere
they will sere
Future Perfect
I will have sered
you will have sered
he/she/it will have sered
we will have sered
you will have sered
they will have sered
Future Continuous
I will be sering
you will be sering
he/she/it will be sering
we will be sering
you will be sering
they will be sering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sering
you have been sering
he/she/it has been sering
we have been sering
you have been sering
they have been sering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sering
you will have been sering
he/she/it will have been sering
we will have been sering
you will have been sering
they will have been sering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sering
you had been sering
he/she/it had been sering
we had been sering
you had been sering
they had been sering
I would sere
you would sere
he/she/it would sere
we would sere
you would sere
they would sere
Past Conditional
I would have sered
you would have sered
he/she/it would have sered
we would have sered
you would have sered
they would have sered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sere - (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"


Having little or no liquid or moisture:


[sɪəʳ] ADJseco, marchito
References in classic literature ?
The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere -- The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October Of my most immemorial year: It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, In the misty mid region of Weir: -- It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
On every side of me stretched a bleak and desolate expanse of plain, covered with a tall overgrowth of sere grass, which rustled and whistled in the autumn wind with heaven knows what mysterious and disquieting suggestion.
Hester gazed after him a little while, looking with a half fantastic curiosity to see whether the tender grass of early spring would not be blighted beneath him and show the wavering track of his footsteps, sere and brown, across its cheerful verdure.
Grasshoppers skipped briskly in the sere grass, and crickets chirped like fairy pipers at a feast.
The sea was roaring hollowly in the distance, the fields were bare and sere, scarfed with golden rod, the brook valley below Green Gables overflowed with asters of ethereal purple, and the Lake of Shining Waters was blue -- blue -- blue; not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale azure of summer, but a clear, steadfast, serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and had settled down to a tranquility unbroken by fickle dreams.
That great soul whose beautiful body is lying over yonder, so conspicuous against the sere hillside - could it not have been spared the bitter consciousness of a vain devotion?
A weird, dreamy stillness had fallen on the purple earth, the dark fir woods, the valley rims, the sere meadows.
Well, if a man can stride four and a-half feet without the smallest effort, he can't be quite in the sere and yellow.
And Clover guarded well its rest, Till Autumn's leaves were sere, Till all her sister flowers were gone, And her winter sleep drew near.
Presently Anne stepped out bareheaded into the chill autumn dusk; very determinedly and steadily she took her way down through the sere clover field over the log bridge and up through the spruce grove, lighted by a pale little moon hanging low over the western woods.
Pale asters were blowing in the sere and misty meadows between them and the harbor.
Leaning over the battlements and looking far down, I surveyed the grounds laid out like a map: the bright and velvet lawn closely girdling the grey base of the mansion; the field, wide as a park, dotted with its ancient timber; the wood, dun and sere, divided by a path visibly overgrown, greener with moss than the trees were with foliage; the church at the gates, the road, the tranquil hills, all reposing in the autumn day's sun; the horizon bounded by a propitious sky, azure, marbled with pearly white.