My word this week is sere. I found it in Quatrain by Sharon Shinn:
He emerged from the darkness of the tunnel into a sere and broken landscape.
According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1979), there are two definitions with two separate roots. The adjective form, describing the above landscape, is from the Greek word for dry and it means “withered.”
Sere can also be used as a noun. In that case, the root is the Latin word for series and the definition is: “a series of ecological communities that succeed one another in the biotic development of an area or formation.”
Have you learned any new words recently?
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion’s Weblog. Kathy says: “Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.”