The Vernal Vocabulary of Spring

Spring is season of rebirth and renewal in the natural world. These words conjure images of greenery and growth.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. vernal
    of or characteristic of or occurring in spring
    To realign his calendar with the vernal equinox, Pope Gregory removed 10 days from the middle of October.Wall Street Journal (Feb 26, 2016)
  2. equinox
    when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator
    Now that we’ve passed the fall equinox, it is time for the weather to cool off and the trees to change color.New York Times (Oct 7, 2015)
  3. fecund
    capable of producing offspring or vegetation
    The delta is the heart of the water system in California, with miles of rivers interlacing fecund farmland.US News (May 22, 2015)
  4. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
    Water, land, and sky all meet in a complex mosaic, making conditions right for a lush rainforest that’s teeming with life.National Geographic (Mar 3, 2016)
  5. proliferate
    grow rapidly
    As oceans warm, toxic algae proliferate and cause so-called red tides because the water looks reddish.Science Magazine (Dec 14, 2015)
  6. efflorescence
    the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
    It was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral.Lord of the Flies
  7. arable
    capable of being farmed productively
    The richest resource for arable farmers is soil.Nature (Apr 25, 2017)
  8. lush
    produced or growing in extreme abundance
    The waiters wear ties and crisp white vests, and plants throughout the room give it a lush, tropical feel.New York Times (Mar 1, 2016)
  9. luxuriant
    produced or growing in extreme abundance
    Five floral bouquets brightened the place, and a pot of luxuriant white orchids was perched on the coffee table.New York Times (Apr 9, 2015)
  10. burgeon
    grow and flourish
    Rising up on all sides, steep slopes burgeoned with Japanese cedar, acacia and wild pine.Washington Post (Dec 14, 2015)
  11. thaw
    warm weather following a freeze, when snow and ice melt
    The actual composting will not begin until the weather begins to thaw.Los Angeles Times (Feb 12, 2017)
  12. rebirth
    I long for glorious springtime at Monticello, a time of rebirth and renewal.Washington Post (Feb 16, 2018)
  13. verdant
    characterized by abundance of vegetation and green foliage
    Beyond capturing the cyclical transformations of season— verdant kudzu shrivelled brown, bare trees turned fruitful—the photographs highlight the creeping passage of time.The New Yorker (Dec 6, 2016)
  14. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
    The green shoots of the daffodils we planted last fall finally emerged through the last patch of snow.
  15. bloom
    produce or yield flowers
    When fields bloom, usually from late March to late April, zephyr-rippled seas of red, yellow and pink draw throngs of camera-toting tourists.Seattle Times (Mar 14, 2018)
  16. renew
    reestablish on an improved basis
    One morning in early summer, a renewing warmth in the air, Obinze arrived at the warehouse and knew right away that something was amiss.Americanah
  17. verdure
    green foliage
    Right in front of us, and with not a cloud to interrupt the view, lay this extinct volcano of an island, densely covered with the most luxuriant verdure.Scherzer, Karl Ritter von
  18. blossom
    a flower or cluster of flowers on a plant
    The scent of blossoms hung in the air, not just from damask roses but pinks, Persian lilacs and jasmine.Washington Post (Mar 15, 2018)
  19. root
    take hold and begin to grow
    It is April now, and the rain falls in sweet showers that hathe every root and swelling hud of nature.Ophelia
  20. cultivate
    adapt something wild to the environment
    At midday, despite a scorching sun, Granny, seemingly indefatigable, went about with impressive skill trimming the rosebushes as we talked about trees and flowers and how to best cultivate them.Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

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