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primeval

[prahy-mee-vuh l] /praɪˈmi vəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the first age or ages, especially of the world:
primeval forms of life.
Also, primaeval.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Latin prīmaev(us) young (prīm(us) prime + aev(um) age + -us adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
primevally, adverb
Can be confused
primal, primeval, primordial.
Synonyms
primary, primordial, pristine. See prime.
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Examples for primeval
  • In addition to expanding the known limits of snake biology, the ancient serpent contains clues to primeval rain forest climate.
  • The poet skillfully mixes the concrete metaphors of the primeval theme with metaphysical imagery.
  • In the rather more primeval bubbling of a moka, things aren't so precise.
  • They will fill out an empty bed with primeval-looking foliage.
  • The mats he's talking about are one of the signs of primeval Earth.
  • It's a primeval landscape, raw and unspoiled and faintly threatening.
  • One of them is the last fragment of primeval forest in Europe.
  • It's like waking up from some primeval nightmare.
  • Take for example the tomb of the primeval kings.
  • They might incline at first to refer the construction of such stupendous works to some superhuman powers of the primeval world.
British Dictionary definitions for primeval

primeval

/praɪˈmiːvəl/
adjective
1.
of or belonging to the first age or ages, esp of the world
Derived Forms
primevally, primaevally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prīmaevus youthful, from prīmus first + aevum age
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Word Origin and History for primeval
adj.

also primaeval, 1650s, with -al (1) + Latin primaevus "early in life, youthful," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + aevum "an age" (see eon).

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