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autumnal


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Autumnal  \Au*tum"nal\,  a.  [L.  auctumnalis  autumnalis:  cf  F. 
  automnal.] 
  1.  Of  belonging  to  or  peculiar  to  autumn;  as  an  autumnal 
  tint;  produced  or  gathered  in  autumn;  as  autumnal  fruits; 
  flowering  in  autumn;  as  an  autumnal  plant. 
 
  Thick  as  autumnal  leaves  that  strow  the  brooks  In 
  Vallombrosa  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Past  the  middle  of  life;  in  the  third  stage. 
 
  An  autumnal  matron.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  {Autumnal  equinox},  the  time  when  the  sun  crosses  the 
  equator,  as  it  proceeds  southward,  or  when  it  passes  the 
  autumnal  point. 
 
  {Autumnal  point},  the  point  of  the  equator  intersected  by  the 
  ecliptic,  as  the  sun  proceeds  southward;  the  first  point 
  of  Libra. 
 
  {Autumnal  signs},  the  signs  Libra,  Scorpio,  and  Sagittarius, 
  through  which  the  sun  passes  between  the  autumnal  equinox 
  and  winter  solstice. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  autumnal 
  adj  1:  of  or  characteristic  of  or  occurring  in  autumn;  "the 
  autumnal  equinox";  "autumnal  fruits"  [ant:  {wintry},  {vernal}, 
  {summery}] 
  2:  characteristic  of  late  maturity  verging  on  decline  "a 
  serene  autumnal  mood" 




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