Serotinous Definition

sĭ-rŏtn-əs, sĕrə-tīnəs
Remaining on a tree after maturity and opening to release seeds only after exposure to certain conditions, especially heat from a fire. Used of the cones of gymnosperms.
American Heritage
Being a species having such cones.
Serotinous pines.
American Heritage
Appearing or blossoming later in the season than is customary with allied species.

Origin of Serotinous

  • Latin sērōtinus coming late from sērō at a late hour from sērus late

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin serotinus, from serus late.

    From Wiktionary

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