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primeval (adj.)

also primaeval, "of or belonging to the first age," 1650s, with -al (1) + Latin primaevus "early in life, youthful," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + aevum "an age" (from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life; long life, eternity"). Related: Primevally.

updated on November 08, 2020

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Definitions of primeval from WordNet

primeval (adj.)
having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state;
the forest primeval
Synonyms: aboriginal / primal / primaeval / primordial
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