Definitions of sere

  1. ( 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"
  2. [ OE. seer, AS. sear ( assumed) fr. searian to wither; akin to D. zoor dry, LG. soor, OHG. sor/ n to to wither, Gr. a" y` ein to parch, to dry, Skr. / ush ( for sush) to dry, to wither, Zend hush to dry. Ã 152. Cf. Austere, Sorrel, a.] Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves.
  3. Claw; talon.
  4. Dry; withered; as, a sere leaf.
  5. Dry, withered.
  6. Same as SEAR.
  7. Dry; withered. See Sear.

Usage examples for sere

  1. It was an old, old hunting- coat, far gone in the sere and yellow leaf. – The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough
  2. But one Christmas legend the children do know: that on the night and at the hour of the Saviour's birth the cattle kneel in homage and the sere elder bushes, for a brief matter of miraculous minutes, break into a foam of bloom. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  3. To their right lay a little ice- covered mere, with sere, brown reeds standing here and there upon its face, and at the end of it a group of stark pollarded willows, whereof the tops had been cut for poles by those who dwelt in the forest farm near by. – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard