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 That blend of geography and history explains the primordial soup that gave birth to Peruvian cuisine. Simeon Tegel, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2024 Yet, despite all of this association with poison and death, hydrogen cyanide (cyanide in gas form) is suspected to have played a major role in the primordial soup of life. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 Talk Talk emerged from the primordial soup of 1980s synthpop and was initially compared to Duran Duran. Hazlitt, 2 Aug. 2023 Some will have seen the character emerge from the primordial soup at the Groundlings. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 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, 13 Dec. 2022 Chef Nathan Anda created this McGriddle-esque marvel six years ago for the late Red Apron Burger Bar, right around the time Donald Trump was trying to convince everyone that his inaugural crowd was the largest gathering of bipeds in one place since life emerged from the primordial soup. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2023 Algae never left the primordial soup. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2020 Cyanide has been widely considered an important component in the primordial soup, a solution of organic compounds responsible for the origin of life. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of primordial soup was in 1962

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“Primordial soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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