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Dec 6, 2007
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vilipend
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serotine
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serotine

(SER-uh-tin, -tyn) Pronunciation Sound Clip

adjective: Late in occurring, forming, or flowering.

noun: A small brown bat (Eptesicus serotinus) native of Europe and Asia (named after its habit of appearing late in the evening).

[From Latin serotinus (belated), from serus (late).]

"We passed along, athwart the twilight peering
Forward as far as ever eye could stretch
Against the sunbeams serotine and lucent."
Dante Alighieri; The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow); 1867.

See more usage examples of serotine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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