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Vernal (Adjective)  [ Botany - Horticulture - Climatology ]
Synonym: Primaveral

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  Belonging or pertaining to the spring; appearing or occurring in spring;
characteristic of the spring season;
 
     
[From Latin adjective “vernalis” meaning “of the spring” (from Latin “ver” “spring”)]

The Latin name "ver" spring  inspired this word, as well as the name of the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. Incidentally, Latin "prima vera", meaning "first (earliest) spring," comes the English adjective primaveral, which applies to the same time of year. (e.g.: primaveral allergy)

The corresponding adjectives for summer, autumn, and winter are aestival, autumnal, and hibernal.
 

 

 

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