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pri·me·val

 (prī-mē′vəl)
adj.
Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient: a primeval galaxy.

[From Latin prīmaevus, early in life : prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots + aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

pri·me′val·ly adv.

primeval

(praɪˈmiːvəl) or

primaeval

adj
of or belonging to the first age or ages, esp of the world
[C17: from Latin prīmaevus youthful, from prīmus first + aevum age]
priˈmevally, priˈmaevally adv

pri•me•val

(praɪˈmi vəl)

adj.
of or pertaining to the first age or ages, esp. of the world; primordial.
[1765–75; < Latin prīmaev(us) young (+ aevum age)]
pri•me′val•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.primeval - having existed from the beginningprimeval - having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"

primeval

primaeval

primeval

adjective
Of or relating to early stages in the evolution of human culture:
Translations
pradávnýpravěký
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pirmapradis
aizvēsturisksmužamežspirmatnejs
eski çağlardan kalma

primeval

[praɪˈmiːvəl] ADJprimitivo

primeval

[praɪˈmiːvəl] adjprimitif/ive
primeval instincts → instincts primitifs
primeval forest → forêt primitive

primeval

adjurzeitlich, Ur-; primeval soupUrsuppe f; primeval slimeUrschleim m; primeval forestUrwald m; primeval instinctUrinstinkt m

primeval

[praɪˈmiːvl] adjprimordiale, primitivo/a
primeval forests → foreste originarie

primeval,

primaeval

(praiˈmiːvəl) adjective
of or belonging to the first ages of history. primeval forests.
References in classic literature ?
Then he began to feel it all over, ran his finger-tips along the slippery sides, embraced the carved legs, tried to get some conception of its shape and size, of the space it occupied in primeval night.
Matthew Maule, on the other hand, though an obscure man, was stubborn in the defence of what he considered his right; and, for several years, he succeeded in protecting the acre or two of earth which, with his own toil, he had hewn out of the primeval forest, to be his garden ground and homestead.
It straggled onward into the mystery of the primeval forest.
A most imperial and archangelical apparition of that unfallen, western world, which to the eyes of the old trappers and hunters revived the glories of those primeval times when Adam walked majestic as a god, bluff-bowed and fearless as this mighty steed.
It would come, and it would come; a grisly thing, a specter born in the black caverns of terror; a power primeval, cosmic, shadowing the tortures of the lost souls flung out to chaos and destruction.
This one clung to his theory with affectionate fidelity characteristic of originators of scientific theories, and afterward won many of the first scientists of the age to his view, by a very able pamphlet which he wrote, entitled, "Evidences going to show that the hair trunk, in a wild state, belonged to the early glacial period, and roamed the wastes of chaos in the company with the cave-bear, primeval man, and the other Oo"litics of the Old Silurian family.
But his greatest trials were in the churchyard: which had the appearance of a primeval forest, with a kind of small ecclesiastical wash-house on one side, and a turnpike gate on the other.
He recapitulated what he would no doubt call his arguments,--they sounded more like threats,--and as he spoke I saw dragons fighting for their dams in the primeval ooze, and heard savage trumpetings of masculine monsters without a name.
This primeval vestment reached from the throat to the knees, and served at once all the usual purposes of body-clothing; there was no wider opening at the collar, than was necessary to admit the passage of the head, from which it may be inferred, that it was put on by slipping it over the head and shoulders, in the manner of a modern shirt, or ancient hauberk.
It is a common amusement of speculative minds to contrast the magnitude of the most important events with the minuteness of their primeval causes, and the records of mankind are full of examples for such contemplations.
The modest converse of the shepherd girls of these hamlets and the care of my goats are my recreations; my desires are bounded by these mountains, and if they ever wander hence it is to contemplate the beauty of the heavens, steps by which the soul travels to its primeval abode.
The most laborious task will be the proper inauguration of the government and the primeval formation of a federal code.