Main definitions of sere in English

: sere1sere2

sere1

(also sear)

adjective

literary
  • (especially of vegetation) dry or withered:

    ‘small green vineyards encircled by vast sear fields’
    • ‘But when he first arrived five years ago, the surrounding hills were as sere and brown as everywhere else.’
    • ‘The homunculus stares solemnly at my sere soil.’
    • ‘What solitary distances, what sere, remote escarpments, what unbounded, wide eternities they are where you reside, in which no creatures of your hand appear!’
    • ‘The high pastureland was lush with grass, sere and tussocky now after the summer's heat, and it sort of rolled, building itself up in a series of slow waves into the foothills of the Sierras.’
    • ‘The only green that remained was the spreading, tired, dark foliage of the occasional live oak tree standing sentinel in sere pastureland.’
    • ‘I don't think we've had a real frost yet, though we've lagged delicate things such as the tree fern in readiness for the sere times to come.’
    • ‘But these seeds, collected over generations, were the germ of crops that were especially adapted to thrive in the sere, rocky croplands of Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Storm clouds pile up above the sere plain, and in the foreground, a granite marker is etched with a mountain range, two pines and the words ‘Traveling Wolf, born 1878, died 1961.’’
    • ‘I roll down the dusty window to let the afternoon heat pour in and to better watch the sere coast fall away as I slowly angle up the rugged flank of Haleakala, eventually looping back to Kahului.’
    • ‘Climates and soils vary as dramatically as landscapes: mountains rear out of the sea, unfolding into lush valleys, sere drylands, and a series of inland mountain chains.’
    • ‘Just beyond the southern boundary of the reserve lies Russia's republic of Tuva, a sere land of yaks and camels tended by seminomadic herders.’
    • ‘In Morocco, on a pinchpenny budget of $6 million, Scorsese recreated a Palestine of sere deserts and balding meadows.’
    • ‘Twice divorced, he lives alone in an Italian-style estate near the sere hills of north Phoenix, where he is surrounded by citrus and pecan trees and paintings by Andy Warhol.’
    • ‘Daily we drove over sere gulches our guide referred to as rivers.’
    • ‘For two afternoons a week, for the two summer school terms, for four years, I was made to stand in the middle of a featureless paddock in the middle of this sere landscape, doing nothing except seething with a mixture of boredom and anger.’

Origin

Old English sēar: see sear.

Pronunciation:

sere

/sɪə/

Main definitions of sere in English

: sere1sere2

sere2

noun

Ecology
  • A natural succession of plant (or animal) communities, especially a full series from uncolonized habitat to the appropriate climax vegetation.

    Compare with succession
    • ‘Although herbivory tends to hasten succession from shrubs and pioneer trees to forest, it typically retards succession from earlier seres.’
    • ‘On well-drained sites, shrub seres are rare and graminoid-forb mixtures are often replaced directly by northern hardwood tree species.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin serere join in a series.

Pronunciation:

sere

/sɪə/