: belonging to the earliest time :primitive<… wild dogs ranged in packs through the primeval forest … — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>
Word Root of PRIMEVAL
The Latin word primus, meaning “first,” gives us the root prim. Words from the Latin primus have something to do with being first. Anything primary comes first in importance or order. Anything primeval belongs to a period of time that came first, before the present. Anything primitive also belongs to an earlier time.