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vernal

If you enjoy the vernal lushness of the landscape, that’s a kind of fancy way to say you like the way nature looks in the springtime.

The word vernal entered English in the sixteenth century, tracing all the way back to the Latin word ver, meaning spring. Use the adjective vernal to describe something that occurs in springtime or is related to springtime. You might be familiar with the vernal equinox, which indicates the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The word vernal can also be used more broadly to describe something youthful or fresh — springlike.

Definitions of vernal
  1. adjective
    suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
    synonyms: young, youthful
    immature, young
    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
  2. adjective
    of or characteristic of or occurring in spring
    “the vernal equinox”
    Synonyms:
    early-blooming, early-flowering, late-spring-blooming, spring-blooming, spring-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the spring
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    Antonyms:
    summery
    belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer
    autumnal
    of or characteristic of or occurring in autumn
    wintery, wintry
    characteristic of or occurring in winter
    aestival, estival
    (rare) of or occurring in summer
    summer-blooming, summer-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the summer
    autumn-blooming, autumn-flowering, fall-blooming, fall-flowering, late-blooming, late-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the autumn
    late-ripening
    of plants that ripen in the fall
    brumal, hibernal, hiemal
    characteristic of or relating to winter
    winter-blooming, winter-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the winter
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