- (Especially of vegetation) dry or withered: small green vineyards encircled by vast sear fieldsMore example sentences
- 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.’
- 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.
Old English sēar: see sear.
- A natural succession of plant (or animal) communities, especially a full series from uncolonized habitat to the appropriate climax vegetation. Compare with succession.More example sentences
- 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.
early 20th century: from Latin serere 'join in a series'.