materia prima

noun
materia pri·​ma | \ -ˈprīmə \

Definition of materia prima

: indeterminate matter viewed as the material cause of the universe

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History and Etymology for materia prima

New Latin, first matter, translation of Greek prōtē hylē

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“Materia prima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materia%20prima. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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