principium

noun
prin·cip·i·um | \ prin-ˈsi-pē-əm , prin-ˈki- \
plural principia\prin-ˈsi-pē-ə, prin-ˈki- \

Definition of principium 

: a fundamental principle

First Known Use of principium

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for principium

Latin, beginning, basis

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