Definitions for: Vernal


[adj] of or characteristic of or occurring in spring; "the vernal equinox"
[adj] suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh



Webster (1913) 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.

Synonyms: immature, spring(a), springlike, springtime(a), young, youthful

Antonyms: autumnal, summery, wintery, wintry

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