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.

Nearby words

  1. prime vertical,
  2. primely,
  3. primer,
  4. primero,
  5. primers,
  6. primigravida,
  7. primine,
  8. priming,
  9. primipara,
  10. primitive

Origin of primeval

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

Related formspri·me·val·ly, adverb

Can be confusedprimal primeval primordial

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 primeval

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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