preadamite

noun
pre·adamite | \prē+\

Definition of preadamite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an inhabitant of the earth before Adam

2 : one who holds that men existed before Adam specifically : a follower of the doctrine of Isaac La Peyrère that only the Jews are descendants of Adam and that the Gentiles descend from men who lived before Adam

preadamite

adjective
pre·adamite | \(ˈ)prē+\
variants: or less commonly preadamic \¦prē+ \ or preadamitical \(¦)prē¦adə¦mitə̇kəl \

Definition of preadamite (Entry 2 of 2)

: existing before Adam : of a time prior to that of Adam

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History and Etymology for preadamite

Noun

New Latin praeadamita, from Latin prae- pre- + Adam (the first man in the Bible) + Latin -ita -ite

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