- Usually rudiments.
- the elements or first principles of a subject: the rudiments of grammar.
- a mere beginning, first slight appearance, or undeveloped or imperfect form of something: the rudiments of a plan.
- Biology. an organ or part incompletely developed in size or structure, as one in an embryonic stage, one arrested in growth, or one with no functional activity, as a vestige.
Origin of rudiment
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Sometimes a rudiment of a fifth toe appears to be traceable.
Rudiment -any: the beginning of any structure or part before it has developed.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The fish form is that in which we have only a rudiment of the cerebrum, which is so large in man.
Yet it is not quite wanting, its rudiment is there, and this rudiment is capable of development.Man And His Ancestor
Here the rudiment of a thought struck her and changed the current of her reason.The Man
- (often plural) the first principles or elementary stages of a subject
- (often plural) a partially developed version of something
- biology an organ or part in its earliest recognizable form, esp one in an embryonic or vestigial state
C16: from Latin rudīmentum a beginning, from rudis unformed; see rude
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Word Origin and History for rudiment
1540s, from Middle French rudiment (16c.) or directly from Latin rudimentum "early training, first experience, beginning, first principle," from rudis "unlearned, untrained" (see rude). Related: Rudiments.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.
- Something in an incipient or undeveloped form. Often used in the plural.
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