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serotine1

[ser-uh-tin, -tahyn] /ˈsɛr ə tɪn, -ˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
late in occurring, developing, or flowering.
Also, serotinous
[si-rot-n-uh s, ser-uh-tahy-nuh s] /sɪˈrɒt n əs, ˌsɛr əˈtaɪ nəs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of serotine1
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin sērōtinus, equivalent to sērō (adv.) late + -tinus adj. suffix of time; cf. serein
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  • The persistent cone, the first stage of the serotinous cone, is equally sporadic in the earlier stages of evolution.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • The third group, the Insignes, contains the serotinous species.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • In the Insignes the cone is oblique, persistent and serotinous, and the spring-shoot is multinodal.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Cones tenaciously persistent, serotinous in various degrees.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Like the persistent cone, the oblique cone finds in association with the serotinous cone a definite reason for existence.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • The serotinous habit is more pronounced in this than in any other species.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • It is one of the associated six timber-Pines of the Southern States and the only one of them with serotinous cones.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Hence all the families of this legion appear to be serotinous, their simple primitive nucleus persisting for a long period.

  • With all serotinous species that I have seen, some of the trees open their cones at maturity, others at indefinite intervals.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • But with the serotinous cones (radiata, attenuata), the advantages of this form become apparent.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for serotinous

serotine

/ˈsɛrəˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
(biology) Also serotinal (sɪˈrɒtɪnəl), serotinous. produced, flowering, or developing late in the season
noun
2.
either of two insectivorous bats, Eptesicus serotinus or Vespertilio serotinus: family Vespertilionidae
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sērōtinus late, from sērus late; applied to the bats because they fly late in the evening
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Word Origin and History for serotinous

serotine

adj.

"late," 1590s, from French sérotine, from Latin serotinus "that which comes late; that which happens in the evening," from sero, adverb of serus "late" (see soiree). Also as a noun, a type of small, brown bat, from 1771. Related: serotinous, in botany (1880) "appearing later in the season than usual."

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serotinous in Science
serotinous
  (sĭ-rŏt'n-əs, sěr'ə-tī'nəs)   
Late in developing, opening, or blooming. For example, serotinous pine cones may persist unopened on the tree for years and only burst open during a forest fire. Serotinous flowers on trees develop only after the tree has produced leaves.
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