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primeval

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adjective pri·me·val \prī-ˈmē-vəl\

Simple Definition of primeval

  • : very old or ancient

  • : basic and powerful

Full Definition of primeval

  1. 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. 2 :  primordial 1b

pri·me·val·ly play \-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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