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Examples of primeval in a Sentence
primeval forests slowly disappearing as the climate changed
Recent Examples of primeval from the Web
Huddling around a campfire and eating gooey marshmallows and warm chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers may feel like primeval traditions.
My wife, Flora, has become inured to the novelty of a beach littered with primeval relics.
The problem is structural: the root of tribalism is human nature, and the current state of American democracy is distinctly primeval.
In the Rainbow Rain is kind of a primeval album, in a way.
Surely some primeval part of our brain is instinctively attuned to the inspirational allure of the night sky.
Situated on 20,000 acres, Palmetto Bluff, a residential resort community in Bluffton, looks out over centuries-old live oak trees, primeval estuaries and 32 miles of river coastline at the confluence of the May, Cooper and New Rivers.
Yet at the heart of the story, as of Mary’s biography, were primeval sadnesses and fears.
Sun Link Sea Forest Recreation Area The Sun Link Sea Forest Recreation Area is home to a tropical monsoonal climate and primeval mountain forest set against the backdrop of Mt. Hehuan.
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Did You Know?
First things first. "Primeval" comes from the Latin words primus, meaning "first, and aevum, meaning "age." In Latin, those terms were brought together to form "primaevus," a word that means "of or relating to the earliest ages." Other English words that descend from "primus" include "prime" and "primary," "primordial" (a synonym of "primeval"), and "primitive." "Primus" also gave rise to some terms for folks who are number one in charge, including "prince" and "principal."
PRIMEVAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of primeval for English Language Learners
: very old or ancient
: basic and powerful
PRIMEVAL Defined for Kids
Word Root of primeval
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