- 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
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Examples from the Web for vernal
Historical Examples of vernal
We now begin to expect our vernal migration of ring-ousels every week.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
And yet this was only the day of the vernal equinox; it was most extraordinary.The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
I know not, unless it be the influence of the vernal season.Fibble, D. D.
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
The driver said he was from Vernal, some sixty miles to the west.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck
R. Pitcher Woodward
What are our children doing with these precious, vernal years?The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
- of or occurring in spring
- poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh
Word Origin 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").