Vernal signs
Vernal Ver"nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Belonging to youth, the spring of life. [1913 Webster]

When after the long vernal day of life. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

And seems it hard thy vernal years Few vernal joys can show? --Keble. [1913 Webster]

{Vernal equinox} (Astron.), the time when the sun crosses the equator when proceeding northward.

{Vernal grass} (Bot.), a low, soft grass ({Anthoxanthum odoratum}), producing in the spring narrow spikelike panicles, and noted for the delicious fragrance which it gives to new-mown hay; -- also called {sweet vernal grass}. See Illust. in Appendix.

{Vernal signs} (Astron.), the signs, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, in which the sun appears between the vernal equinox and summer solstice. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vernal — Ver nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Belonging to youth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernal equinox — Vernal Ver nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Belonging to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernal grass — Vernal Ver nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Belonging to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweet vernal grass — Vernal Ver nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Belonging to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anthoxanthum odoratum — Vernal Ver nal, a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. vasanta, Icel. v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.] 1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Belonging to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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