Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or coming from the south.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or coming from the south.
  • n. A former currency of Argentina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Southern; lying or being in the south
  • adj. Designating, or pertaining to, a zone extending across North America between the Transition and Tropical zones, and including most of the United States and central Mexico except the mountainous parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Southern; lying in or pertaining to the south: as, austral lands; the austral signs of the zodiac.
  • [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the great group of islands in the southern hemisphere of which New Zealand, Tasmania, and the continental island of Australia are the chief; Australasian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of the south or coming from the south
  • n. the basic unit of money in Argentina; equal to 100 centavos

Etymologies

Latin austrālis, from auster, austr-, south.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin australis ("southern") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes the season name was used sometimes it was prefaced by 'austral' with result that I was unsure which season was being referred to.

    RealClimate

  • It is winter in LA, which is the austral summer below the 60th parallel south.

    Richard Bangs: Mind Sex with Strangers

  • The FOK (Friends of Kirchner -- the austral equivalent to good old Friends of Bill, or Friends of Bush) control everything, with a special mention to Jorge Fernandez Campbell, owner of the sole monopoly exploiting the ultra-profitable navigation around the spectacular glaciers in Lago Argentino, the largest mass of continental ice in the world.

    Pepe Escobar: Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

  • Same in more austral Patagonia, in Calafate, Santa Cruz province, an historic crossroads for selling cattle and sheep, a magnet for dodgy adventurers in search of limitless estancias, and today a boutique pueblo with a totally dollarized economy.

    Pepe Escobar: Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

  • Then came the Iberian navigators, the English pirates, the all-European science buffs, the religious missionaries, the exiles who dreamed of making it in America, the austral version.

    Pepe Escobar: Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

  • As Argentina is a country of immigrants -- a sort of austral Europe -- foreign ownership may not be such a problem per se; the question is how the land should be used or developed.

    Pepe Escobar: Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

  • De Gama caught the austral westerlies to hurl him past Africa; the Voyagers were boosted gravitationally as they sailed from planet to planet.

    Review of "Voyager," a book about the space probes, by Stephen J. Pyne

  • The difference between the perihelion and aphelion distances is about 3%, and therefore extraterrestrial irradiance is about 7% higher during the austral (Southern Hemisphere) summer than it is during the boreal (Northern Hemisphere) summer.

    Factors affecting surface ultraviolet radiation levels in the Arctic

  • Because of the high risks associated with volcanic eruptions, there is no permanent human presence on the island, but the hot springs make it an increasingly popular tourist stop during the austral summer.

    Deception Island

  • During the austral summer, temperatures at McMurdo Station may reach as high as 50°F, while at South Pole Station the summer temperature may reach 0°F.

    Antarctica

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