sere

You can describe something that is dried up, withered, or without moisture with the adjective sere. The desert climate, for example, is sere, as is your skin after a day in the wind.

Sere’s shriveled and withered meaning crops up in things like Shakespeare's Macbeth ("My way of life Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf;" 5:III), or in archaic references to Sere-month (August), but it isn't frequently used in modern conversation. The variant spelling of sere is sear, which has other meanings that see more modern use.

Definitions of sere
1

adj (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

“the desert was edged with sere vegetation”
Synonyms:
dried-up, sear, shriveled, shrivelled, withered
dry
free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet

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