vernal

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • vernall (archaic, 16th–17th-century spelling)[1]

Etymology[edit]

Entering English in the sense of “pertaining to spring” in 1534[2]: From Latin vernālis (of those things pertaining to the spring)[1][2][3][4], from vernus (of spring)[1][2][3][4], from vēr (spring)[1][2][3][4][5]; compare Old French vernal, French vernal.

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Adjective[edit]

vernal (comparative more vernal, superlative most vernal)

  1. Pertaining to spring.
  2. Young; fresh.
  3. Belonging to youth.
    • Thomson
      when after the long vernal day of life
    • Keble
      And seems it hard thy vernal years / Few vernal joys can show?

Usage notes[edit]

In everyday speech, used almost exclusively in phrase vernal equinox; in other contexts, spring is used attributively, as in spring colors or spring flowers, and even vernal equinox is frequently replaced with spring equinox.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 vernal, a. (and n.)” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 vernal” listed in the Online Etymology Dictionary, © November 2001 Douglas Harper
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 vernal” listed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 vernal” listed by Dictionary.com Unabridged (v1·1)
  5. ^ vernal” listed in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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