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The season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November; in figurative usage, a time of youth and strength, associated with fresh growth. The word is recorded in Middle English in the obsolete sense of ‘the first sign of day, the beginning of a season’; as a name for the season, it dates from late Middle English.

it is not spring until you can plant your foot upon twelve daisies proverbial saying, mid 19th century; meaning that mild spring weather is only assured when daisies are flowering thickly on the grass (the given number of flowers may vary).

spring tide a tide just after a new or full moon, when there is the greatest difference between high and low water.

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