• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vernal of or characteristic of or occurring in spring "the vernal equinox"
    • adj vernal suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh "he is young for his age"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The name "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
    • vernal Fig.: Belonging to youth, the spring of life. "When after the long vernal day of life.""And seems it hard thy vernal years
      Few vernal joys can show?"
    • vernal Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring; as, vernal bloom. "And purple all the ground with vernal flowers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vernal The trade-name of diethylmalonvlurea, a colorless, crystalline powder, used in medicine as a soporific.
    • vernal Of or pertaining to the spring; belonging to the spring; appearing in spring: as, vernal bloom.
    • vernal Of or belonging to youth, the springtime of life.
    • vernal In botany, appearing in spring: as, vernal flowers.
    • vernal Done or accomplished in spring: as, the vernal migration or molt of birds
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vernal ver′nal belonging to the spring: appearing in spring: belonging to youth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vernalis, fr. vernus, vernal, ver, spring; akin to Gr. 'e`ar, Skr. vasanta, Icel. vār, and E. Easter, east,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vernalisver, spring.


In literature:

Burton, here, declares that the autumnal, like the vernal, equinox breeds hot humours and distempers in the blood.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
N Vernal, 10,050 ft., 20.
"Taxonomy of the Chipmunks, Eutamias quadrivittatus and Eutamias umbrinus" by John A. White
Wilson was evidently familiar with this vernal drumming of the woodpeckers, but quite misinterprets it.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Their kindredness is thus that of the vernal unto the autumnal light.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
N Vernal, 10,050 ft., 8.
"The Baculum in the Chipmunks of Western North America" by John A. White
The whole building is at all times as fresh as if just washed by a vernal shower.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Actaeon drank in with his eyes the form of her vernal body.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
That is impregnated with the breath of a vernal night.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
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" by Victor Hugo
N Vernal, 10,050 ft., 1.
"Geographic Variation in Red-backed Mice (Genus Clethrionomys) of the Southern Rocky Mountain Region" by E. Lendell Cockrum

In poetry:

Ah, soul that wore the snowy brow,
And gentle shining eyes,
Our song hath aye this burden now
Beneath the vernal skies.
"Cora" by Charles Harpur
Thou first-born of the year's delight,
Pride of the dewy glade,
In vernal green and virgin white,
Thy vestal robes, arrayed:
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Yea, this drear and silent bosom,
Hushed as snow-hid grove but now,
Breaketh into leaf and blossom
Like a gleaming vernal bough.
"Song II" by Mathilde Blind
Mournful, that thou wert slumbering low,
With a dread curtain drawn
Between thee and the golden glow
Of this world's vernal dawn.
"The Grave Of A Poetess" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
I know that thou art happy now
With Jesus in his garden vernal,
With crown and chaplet on thy brow
And living bloom of life eternal.
"To Nettie" by Aaron Southwick
Oh! fragrant dwellers of the lea,
When first the wild wood rings
With each sound of vernal minstrelsy,
When fresh the green grass springs!
"Cowslips" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

A National Park Service law enforcement ranger from Dinosaur National Monument was injured Thursday, Oct 18, 2012, in a single-vehicle crash northeast of Vernal .
Penny payment leads to Vernal man's arrest, conviction.
Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres "Andy" Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Aug 15 when they were swept downstream.
Boy missing, another boy dead, at Vernal Fall.
A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a 6-year-old boy remained missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug 15, according to park officials.
BOCC didn't pack good judgment for Vernal meeting.
The vernal pools are located 30 minutes from downtown Sacramento.
Collins Questions Federal Vernal Pool Rules.
Construction is underway on the TownePlace Suites in Vernal , part of a building boom the city is seeing after a two-year lull.
'Penny protest' earns Vernal man a disorderly conduct conviction.
A 62-year-old Vernal man died Thursday morning after, troopers say, the tractor trailer he was driving rolled and burst into flames in Moffat County, Colo.
A Vernal man has been charged with disorderly conduct after police say he caused alarm when he paid for a disputed medical bill in pennies.
Maine's Vernal Pools Under Attack.
The legislature's Natural Resources Committee will examine vernal pools, and all of their mystery, on Monday, April 25.
So what exactly is the vernal equinox.

In science:

Fig. 3.— The sphere of starshade operations, centered on JWST, shown here on the vernal equinox.
New Completeness Methods for Estimating Exoplanet Discoveries by Direct Detection
Earth’s astronomical elements: eccentricity (e), true solar longitude of the perihelion measured with respect to the moving vernal equinox (ϖ ), and Earth obliquity (εE ).
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
So, we select the spatial origin on the Sun, the ˆZ unit vector parallel to the Earth’s rotation axis, the ˆX unit vector in the equatorial plane pointing at the celestial vernal equinox, and ˆY completing the right-handed system.
Space-Based Searches for Lorentz and CPT Violation
The origin of the time variable T is taken to be the vernal equinox in the year 2000, using a clock located at the spatial origin.
Space-Based Searches for Lorentz and CPT Violation
The X axis points towards the vernal equinox on the celestial sphere, and the Y axis completes the right-handed system.
Testing Relativity with Orbiting Oscillators