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wizen | sere |

As an adjective wizen

is wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.

As a verb wizen

is to wither; to become lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.

As a noun sere is

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wizen

English

Alternative forms

*wizzen

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
  • * 1864 , - Henry Dunbar by [http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/7dunb10.txt]
  • His face was wizen and wrinkled, his faded blue eyes dim and weak-looking. He was feeble, and his hands were tremulous with a perpetual nervous motion.
  • * 1890 , - by Oscar Wilde [http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext94/dgray10h.htm]
  • Yes, there would be a day when his face would be wrinkled and wizen , his eyes dim and colourless, the grace of his figure broken and deformed. The scarlet would pass away from his lips and the gold steal from his hair.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To wither; to become lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
  • Anagrams

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    sere

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (er)
  • 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.

    Noun

    (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

    Noun

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

    See also

    * sear

    Anagrams

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