1. [syn: vernal equinox, March equinox, spring equinox]
2. (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Pisces;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
vernal \ver"nal\ (v[~e]r"nal), a. [L. vernalis, fr. vernus
vernal, ver spring; akin to Gr. 'e`ar, Skr. vasanta, Icel.
v[=a]r, and E. Easter, east.]
1. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring;
as, vernal bloom.
And purple all the ground with vernal flowers.
2. Fig.: Belonging to youth, the spring of life.
When after the long vernal day of life. --Thomson.
And seems it hard thy vernal years
Few vernal joys can show? --Keble.
Vernal equinox (Astron.), the point of time in each year
when the sun crosses the equator when proceeding
northward, about March 21, when day and night are of
approximately equal duration. The beginning of the Spring
Vernal grass (Bot.), a low, soft grass (Anthoxanthum
odoratum), producing in the spring narrow spikelike
panicles, and noted for the delicious fragrance which it
gives to new-mown hay; -- also called sweet vernal
grass. See Illust. in Appendix.
Vernal signs (Astron.), the signs, Aries, Taurus, and
Gemini, in which the sun appears between the vernal
equinox and summer solstice.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: March 21 [syn: vernal equinox, March equinox, spring
equinox] [ant: September equinox, autumnal equinox,
2: (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the
constellation of Pisces
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "vernal equinox":
aphelion, apogee, astronomical longitude, autumnal equinox,
celestial equator, celestial longitude, celestial meridian, circle,
colures, ecliptic, equator, equinoctial, equinoctial circle,
equinoctial colure, equinox, galactic longitude,
geocentric longitude, geodetic longitude, great circle,
heliocentric longitude, longitude, meridian, orbit, perigee,
perihelion, period, small circle, solstice, solstitial colure,
summer solstice, trajectory, winter solstice, zodiac, zone