primeval


pri·me·val

adjective \prī-ˈmē-vəl\

: very old or ancient

: basic and powerful

Full Definition of PRIMEVAL

1
:  of or relating to the earliest ages (as of the world or human history) :  ancient, primitive <100 acres of primeval forest which has never felt an ax — Mary R. Zimmer>
2
:  primordial 1b
pri·me·val·ly \-və-lē\ adverb

Examples of PRIMEVAL

  1. <primeval forests slowly disappearing as the climate changed>

Origin of PRIMEVAL

Latin primaevus, from primus first + aevum age — more at aye
First Known Use: 1662

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