1 [seer]
dry; withered.
Also, sear.

before 900; Middle English seer(e), Old English sēar; see sear1

arid, parched, desiccated, wizened. Unabridged


2 [seer]
the series of stages in an ecological succession.

1915–20; back formation from series Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sere or sear1 (sɪə)
1.  archaic dried up or withered
vb, —n
2.  a rare spelling of sear
[Old English sēar; see sear1]
sear or sear1
vb, —n
[Old English sēar; see sear1]

sere2 (sɪə)
the series of changes occurring in the ecological succession of a particular community
[C20: from series]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sear "dried up, withered," from P.Gmc. *sauzas (cf. M.L.G. sor, Du. zoor), from PIE base *saus- (cf. Skt. susyati "dries, withers;" O.Pers. uka- "dry" (adj.), "land" (n.); Avestan huka- "dry;" L. sudus "dry"). A good word now relegated to bad poetry. Related to sear. Sere
month was an old name for "August."
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Science Dictionary
sere   (sîr)  Pronunciation Key 
The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax community. See more at succession.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
survival, evasion, resistance, escape
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Example sentences
It is something from the sere and yellow of a period much older than the present.
The millions that around us are rushing into life cannot always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests.
We picked up speed and hauled through sere yellow farmland.
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