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vernal

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adjective ver·nal \ˈvər-nəl\

Simple Definition of vernal

  • : of, relating to, or occurring in the spring

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vernal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or occurring in the spring <vernal equinox> <vernal sunshine>

  2. 2 :  fresh or new like the spring; also :  youthful

vernally

play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of vernal in a sentence

  1. trees and flowers in vernal bloom



Did You Know?

If you want to sound sophisticated this spring, you can do what various learned individuals have done since the 16th century and refer to the spring equinox as the vernal equinox. You might also alter a classic rhyme to chant "Vernal showers bring May flowers." Or if you really want to wax poetic, you could compliment your lass's vernal grace or your beau's vernal charm. If you do, and your sweetheart asks where such a word comes from, you can further impress by saying, "'Vernal,' my dear, comes from the Latin 'vernalis,' which is derived from the Latin word for spring, 'ver.'"

Origin and Etymology of vernal

Latin vernalis, alteration of vernus, from ver spring; akin to Greek ear spring, Sanskrit vasanta


First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with vernal


VERNAL Defined for Kids

vernal

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adjective ver·nal \ˈvər-nəl\

Definition of vernal for Students

  1. :  marking the beginning of spring <the vernal equinox>




Learn More about vernal

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of vernal Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vernal


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