primaeval

[ prahy-mee-vuh l ]
/ praɪˈmi vəl /
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adjective


Nearby words

  1. prima facie case,
  2. prima facie evidence,
  3. prima inter pares,
  4. prima-facie evidence,
  5. primacy,
  6. primage,
  7. primal,
  8. primal scene,
  9. primal scream,
  10. primal therapy

primeval

or pri·mae·val

[ prahy-mee-vuhl ]
/ praɪˈmi vəl /

adjective

of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world: primeval forms of life.

Origin of primeval

1765–75; < Latin prīmaev(us) young (prīm(us) prime + aev(um) age + -us adj. suffix) + -al1

SYNONYMS FOR primeval
Related formspri·me·val·ly, adverb

Can be confusedprimal primeval primordial

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British Dictionary definitions for primaeval

primaeval

/ (praɪˈmiːvəl) /

adjective

a variant spelling of primeval

primeval

primaeval

/ (praɪˈmiːvəl) /

adjective

of or belonging to the first age or ages, esp of the world
Derived Formsprimevally or primaevally, adverb

Word Origin for primeval

C17: from Latin prīmaevus youthful, from prīmus first + aevum age

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Word Origin and History for primaeval

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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