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primeval

or pri·mae·val

[ prahy-mee-vuhl ]
/ praɪˈmi vəl /
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adjective
of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world: primeval forms of life.
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Origin of primeval

First recorded in 1765–75; from Latin prīmaev(us) “young” (prīm(us)prime + aev(um)age + -us adjective suffix) + -al1

synonym study for primeval

See prime.

OTHER WORDS FROM primeval

pri·me·val·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH primeval

primal, 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 forms of primeval

primevally or primaevally, adverb

Word Origin for primeval

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