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Friday, August 15, 2014

serein

\suh-RAN\ , noun;
1.
Meteorology. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.
Quotes:
The sky was clear, but a serein drizzled onto them.
-- China Miéville, Iron Council, 2004
Serein is the falling evening dew, which results from the general chilling of the stratum of air nearest the earth's surface after sundown.
-- John William Moore, Meteorology: Practical and Applied, 1894
Origin:
Serein is a French loanword with roots in the Latin term sērus meaning "late." It entered English in the mid-1800s.
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