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.
- ver·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use vernal in a sentence
This year we could use a little vernal harmony as we emerge like moles into the sunlight after 12 months of shutdowns and loss.What We Learned About Ourselves In the First Year of the Pandemic | Susanna Schrobsdorff | February 28, 2021 | Time
The newly-vernal sun beat down hot last Friday afternoon in the Palestinian West Bank village of Bi'lin.After Victory, Palestinian Village Runs Into A Wall | Ali Gharib | April 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Happy it was beyond any other time, except perhaps a few vernal days of boyhood, but it was unmarked by any incidents.Julian Home | Dean Frederic W. Farrar
It took them nearly two hours to get there, as they rowed leisurely, and enjoyed the luxury of the vernal air.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
When the vernal or autumnal storms delay to break, they are gathering strength; hoarding up their fury for more sure destruction.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
We now begin to expect our vernal migration of ring-ousels every week.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1 | Gilbert White
Intergradation occurs with the latter subspecies at vernal, Uintah County, in cranial measurements and in color.Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii | Henry W. Setzer
British Dictionary definitions for vernal
of or occurring in spring
poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh
- vernally, adverb
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