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Sire vs Sere - What's the difference?

sire | sere |

As a proper noun sire

is .

As a noun sere is





(en noun)
  • A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively: formerly in speaking to elders and superiors, later only when addressing a sovereign.
  • A male animal; a stud, especially a horse or dog, that has fathered another.
  • (obsolete) A father; the head of a family; the husband.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And raise his issue, like a loving sire .
  • (obsolete) A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.
  • * Shelley
  • [He] was the sire of an immortal strain.


  • Of a male: to procreate; to father, beget.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 6:
  • In these travels, my father sired thirteen children in all, four boys and nine girls.


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • Without moisture.
  • * 1798 , (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) , part 5:
  • The roaring wind! it roar'd far off,
    It did not come anear;
    But with its sound it shook the sails
    That were so thin and sere .
  • * 1868 , (Henry Lonsdale), The Worthies of Cumberland , volume concerning Sir J. R. G. Graham, chapter 1, page 1:
  • …whilst the recitation of Border Minstrelsy, or a well-sung ballad, served to revive the sere and yellow leaf of age by their refreshing memories of the pleasurable past.
  • * 1984 , (Vernor Vinge), (The Peace War) , chapter 37:
  • The grass was sere and golden, the dirt beneath white and gravelly.


    (en noun)
  • An intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advancing to the point of being a climax community.
  • Synonyms
    * seral community

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) serre


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) claw; talon
  • (Chapman)
    (Webster 1913)

    See also

    * sear


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