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Sere vs Xeric - What's the difference?

sere | xeric |

As adjectives the difference between sere and xeric

is that sere is without moisture while xeric is said of an environment or habitat that is extremely dry, lacking humidity and water.

As a noun sere

is an intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advancing to the point of being a climax community.

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

    * ----

    xeric

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Said of an environment or habitat that is extremely dry, lacking humidity and water.
  • Said of an organism adapted to live in a very dry habitat.
  • English collateral adjectives