• Of, in, or appropriate to spring.

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Example Sentences

“Justine paused her hike to admire the vernal forest view.”

“I have a particular affection for vernal flowers, especially daffodils and tulips.”

“By mid-April, every tree in the park will be covered in bright vernal blooms.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-16th century

Why this word?

“Vernal” comes from the Latin “vernus” (“of the spring”) and “ver” (“spring”). The Latin words can still be found attached to springtime flowers, including a species of crocus (scientific name: Crocus vernus) and the spring snowflake flower (scientific name: Leucojum vernum). The simple word “spring” has replaced “vernal” in almost all modern references, except in regards to the vernal equinox, but try adding some Latin flair to your blossoming vocabulary this season.

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