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primordial

[ prahy-mawr-dee-uhl ]
/ praɪˈmɔr di əl /
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adjective
constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary: primordial forms of life.
Embryology. first formed.
pertaining to or existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter.
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Origin of primordial

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin prīmōrdiālis of the beginning. See primordium, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM primordial

pri·mor·di·al·i·ty [prahy-mawr-dee-al-i-tee], /praɪˌmɔr diˈæl ɪ ti/, nounpri·mor·di·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH primordial

primal, primeval, primordial
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How to use primordial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for primordial

primordial
/ (praɪˈmɔːdɪəl) /

adjective
existing at or from the beginning; earliest; primeval
constituting an origin; fundamental
biology of or relating to an early stage of developmentprimordial germ cells
noun
an elementary or basic principle

Derived forms of primordial

primordiality, nounprimordially, adverb

Word Origin for primordial

C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin
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