primordial soup


Definition of primordial soup

: a mixture of organic molecules in evolutionary theory from which life on earth originated

Examples of primordial soup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If art history is a tree of life, then cryptoart has been evolving in a primordial soup that’s nearby. Matthew Schneier, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Each of their four studio albums was a Rosetta Stone tossed into the primordial soup, rippling outward, sending aftershock after aftershock through popular music and culture. Patrick Lyons, Billboard, 12 Mar. 2021 There are some key factors here that scientists now believe are critical to a successful primordial soup. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 12 Nov. 2020 Solar wind can form water on interplanetary dust, potentially adding to the primordial soup that gave rise to life on Earth, scientists say. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 28 Jan. 2014 That means a primordial soup with all the same ingredients like different amino acids and electrolytes will respond very differently to sunlight on a small pond versus a large ocean. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 12 Nov. 2020 The first insects emerged about 412 million years ago, but the biblical language puts that dragonfly—along with Adam and Eve—in the primordial soup. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 Like a glowing finger stirring the primordial soup. Mike Oliver |, al, 2 Nov. 2019 Scientists studying how life arose from the primordial soup have been too eager to clean up the clutter. Quanta Magazine, 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of primordial soup

1962, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Primordial soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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