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Meaning of VERNAL

Pronunciation:  'vurnl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  of or characteristic of or occurring in spring; "the vernal equinox"
  2. [adj]  suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
 

VERNAL is a 6 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: immature, spring(a), springlike, springtime(a), young, youthful
 
 Antonyms: autumnal, summery, wintery, wintry
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ver"nal\, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver
spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E.
Easter, east.]
1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring;
   as, vernal bloom.

2. Fig.: Belonging to youth, the spring of life.

         When after the long vernal day of life. --Thomson.

         And seems it hard thy vernal years Few vernal joys
         can show?                             --Keble.



{Vernal equinox} (Astron.), the time when the sun crosses the
   equator when proceeding northward.

{Vernal grass} (Bot.), a low, soft grass ({Anthoxanthum
   odoratum}), producing in the spring narrow spikelike
   panicles, and noted for the delicious fragrance which it
   gives to new-mown hay; -- also called {sweet vernal
   grass}. See Illust. in Appendix.

{Vernal signs} (Astron.), the signs, Aries, Taurus, and
   Gemini, in which the sun appears between the vernal
   equinox and summer solstice.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Belonging to the spring; appearing or occurring in spring; of the spring season.
 

 

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