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vernal equinox

noun
1.
See under equinox (def 1).
2.
Also called vernal point. the position of the sun at the time of the vernal equinox.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
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British Dictionary definitions for vernal point

vernal equinox

noun
1.
the time at which the sun crosses the plane of the equator towards the relevant hemisphere, making day and night of equal length. It occurs about March 21 in the N hemisphere (Sept 23 in the S hemisphere)
2.
  1. (astronomy) the point, lying in the constellation Pisces, at which the sun's ecliptic intersects the celestial equator
  2. the time at which this occurs as the sun travels south to north (March 21)
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vernal point in Science
vernal equinox
  (vûr'nəl)   
See under equinox.
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