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Examples of primeval in a sentence
primeval forests slowly disappearing as the climate changed
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."
Origin and Etymology of primeval
Latin primaevus, from primus first + aevum age — more at aye
First Known Use: 1653
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
The Latin word primus, meaning “first,” gives us the root prim. Words from the Latin primus have something to do with being first. Anything primary comes first in importance or order. Anything primeval belongs to a period of time that came first, before the present. Anything primitive also belongs to an earlier time.
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