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 for Autumnal equinox
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks
              In Vallombrosa.                       --Milton.
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     2. Past the middle of life; in the third stage.
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              An autumnal matron.                   --Hawthorne.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  autumnal equinox
      n 1: September 22 [syn: autumnal equinox, September equinox,
           fall equinox] [ant: March equinox, spring equinox,
           vernal equinox]
      2: (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the
         constellation of Virgo

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