from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator, the sun having a northerly motion.
- n. The moment at which the sun passes through the vernal equinox, about March 21, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
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- n. the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading northward
- n. the point where the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator at that time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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 season.
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- n. (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Pisces
- n. March 21
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Simi - larly, horoscopes were cast at every vernal equinox to decide the year's events, a practice popular in Europe until the seventeenth century and still extensively practiced in India.
The details are deter - mined by the horoscopic diagram of the vernal equinox of the year in which the conjunction takes place.
The Persian festival of the vernal equinox was called Kusehnishín (Thin-beard sitting).
(smelling the Zephyr) which begins on Easter – Monday (O.S.), thus corresponding with the Persian Nau-roz, vernal equinox and introducing the fifty days of “Khammasín” or