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Of, in, or appropriate to spring.‘the vernal freshness of the land’
- ‘She is impudently vernal, like Hogarth's more plebeian Shrimp-Girl, and even more fluorescent in her dewiness.’
- ‘Many vernal pools themselves are simply filled.’
- ‘Remaining vernal pools within an area of approximately 36,500 acres in San Diego and Orange counties are included in the proposal.’
- ‘Officially the start of the Chinese lunar new year, it is a grand religious, patriotic, vernal, and family holiday rolled into one.’
- ‘Of course, spring has its vernal breezes, thriving greenness, seasonal promises and so on.’
- ‘Like its predecessors, the album arrives just in time for Spring and comes bearing more than a few certifiable vernal jams.’
- ‘The same trend is evident in midge populations that occur in shallow vernal ponds in this marsh.’
- ‘The independent responses of vernal and summer herb communities to topography or disturbance are rarely considered.’
- ‘He wants to write big, important, unforgettable, unusual books, whose sentences zing with vernal energy.’
- ‘This past spring, I visited one such impermanent place, a vernal pool tucked into the base of Ruffner Mountain.’
- ‘The correct Latin term for spring flowering is vernal, as in Leucojum vernum, the spring snowflake, and Crocus vernus, the Dutch crocus.’
- ‘At vernal Iguacu National Park, the valves are wide open in a staggering demonstration of Nature's force.’
- ‘At least four listed vernal pool species also will benefit.’
- ‘After the spring rains Sullivan Canyon, which lies behind my house in Bel Air, California, is a vernal paradise.’
- ‘Right ascension, measures the easterly distance of an object from the vernal point, along the plane of the celestial equator.’
- ‘A little bit of the vernal season becomes a part of you.’
- ‘It exudes the aroma of flowery vernal Kashmir landscape.’
- ‘I even felt a little vernal as I got up this morning, actually, but at the time I put it down to the Nepali I had for lunch yesterday.’
- ‘Thirteen vernal pools, ranging in size from a quarter acre to nearly twenty-five acres, develop mostly on the tops of mesas.’
- ‘Swans were racing along in the vernal currents.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin vernalis, from vernus ‘of the spring’, from ver ‘spring’.
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