- covered with many small, identical figures.
- (postpositive usually foll by of) heraldry dotted (with)semé of fleurs-de-lys gules
n.in linguistics, 1866, from Greek sema “sign” (see semantic). Cf. pheme, etc. adj.“covered with a small, constantly repeating pattern,” 1560s, from Middle French semée “strewn, sprinkled,” past participle of semer, from Latin seminare “to sow,” from semen (genitive seminis) “seed” (see semen).