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[vur-nl] /ˈvɜr nl/
of or relating to spring:
vernal sunshine.
appearing or occurring in spring:
vernal migratory movements.
appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike:
vernal greenery.
belonging to or characteristic of youth:
vernal longings.
Origin of vernal
1525-35; < Latin vernālis, equivalent to vern(us) of spring (vēr spring + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
vernally, adverb
4. youthful, fresh, new. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vernal
  • vernal lushness was a month away, but the boxwood and the sculpted evergreens proved amply fragrant.
  • Anyway, if you want to learn about this not-so-special time of year, read this post from the vernal equinox six months ago.
  • The vernal equinox-one of two times each year when night and day are officially of equal length-is upon us.
  • Three more types of freshwater wetlands are bogs, swamps, and vernal pools.
  • The ancients began the year, some from the autumnal, others from the vernal equinox.
  • The vernal migration of the warblers marks the celebratory season for birders.
  • The whole idea was to get into the vernal spirit, and it obviously worked.
  • vernal pools are unique and highly threatened wetlands.
British Dictionary definitions for vernal


of or occurring in spring
(poetic) of or characteristic of youth; fresh
Derived Forms
vernally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vernālis, from vēr spring
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Word Origin and History for vernal

"pertaining to spring," 1530s, from Latin vernalis "of the spring," from vernus "of spring," from ver "spring," from PIE *wesr- "spring" (cf. Old Norse var "spring," Greek ear, Sanskrit vasantah, Persian bahar, Old Church Slavonic vesna "spring," Lithuanian vasara "summer").

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