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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Definitions for serotinal

  1. pertaining to or occurring in late summer.

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Citations for serotinal
The night condenses into me, allays the bonds of my serotinal blight. Count Dracula and I share in this flight: we seek moist shadows underneath the quays, in marrow-darkness bid our bodies twist. Philip K. Jason, Near the Fire, 1983
Botanists use the word serotinous to describe late-blossoming, and serotinal refers to the late-summer season of the year, especially used in descriptions of life-histories of freshwater organisms (Allaby 1985). Robert J. Whelan, The Ecology of Fire, 1995
Origin of serotinal
Serotinal entered English in the early twentieth century. It is derived from the Latin word sērōtinus meaning "late of time."