[ prahy-mawr-dee-uhl ]
/ praɪˈmɔr di əl /
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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 primordialpri·mor·di·al·i·ty [prahy-mawr-dee-al-i-tee], /praɪˌmɔr diˈæl ɪ ti/, nounpri·mor·di·al·ly, adverb
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How to use primordial in a sentence
She had fought desperately, primordially, when 105 she had learned that her errand of mercy was nothing more than a cruel hoax.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
Nearly seventy thousand fervid partisans will look on, eating peanuts—primordially yelling for blood.The Beaver, Volume 1, No. 10, July, 1921.|Hudson's Bay Company
Neither religion nor conscience possesses primordially any light of its own.The Bible Of Bibles;|Kersey Graves
How can it be proved that any existing forms primordially were distinct?The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races|Arthur, comte de Gobineau
British Dictionary definitions for primordial
/ (praɪˈmɔːdɪəl) /
existing at or from the beginning; earliest; primeval
constituting an origin; fundamental
biology of or relating to an early stage of developmentprimordial germ cells
an elementary or basic principle
Derived forms of primordialprimordiality, nounprimordially, adverb
Word Origin for primordial
C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin
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