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vernal

[vur-nl] /ˈvɜr nl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to spring:
vernal sunshine.
2.
appearing or occurring in spring:
vernal migratory movements.
3.
appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike:
vernal greenery.
4.
belonging to or characteristic of youth:
vernal longings.
Origin of vernal
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin vernālis, equivalent to vern(us) of spring (vēr spring + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
vernally, adverb
Synonyms
4. youthful, fresh, new.
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British Dictionary definitions for vernal

vernal

/ˈvɜːnəl/
adjective
1.
of or occurring in spring
2.
(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
adj.

"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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