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rudiment (n.)

1540s, from French rudiment (16c.) or directly from Latin rudimentum "early training, first experience, beginning, first principle," from rudis "unlearned, untrained" (see rude). Related: Rudiments.

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Definitions of rudiment from WordNet

rudiment (n.)
the remains of a body part that was functional at an earlier stage of life;
Meckel's diverticulum is the rudiment of the embryonic yolk sac
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