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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 ?
The surrounding shores were beautiful with semitropical verdure, while in the distance the country rose from the ocean in hill and tableland, almost uniformly clothed by primeval forest.
He had a vague impression of a great primeval forest and of naked people walking beneath the trees.
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.
Tis said that when The hands of men Tamed this primeval wood, And hoary trees with groans of woe, Like warriors by an unknown foe, Were in their strength subdued, The virgin Earth Gave instant birth To springs that ne'er did flow That in the sun Did rivulets run, And all around rare flowers did blow The wild rose pale Perfumed the gale And the queenly lily adown the dale(Whom the sun and the dew And the winds did woo), With the gourd and the grape luxuriant grew.
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.
The sun, sinking behind a lofty western peak, brought on an early but lingering twilight, and the expedition plodded on through the evil forest--the place of mystery and fear, of death swift and silent and horrible, of brutish appetite and degraded instinct, of human life that still wallowed in the primeval slime, of savagery degenerate and abysmal.
If the fight seems good to me it is because you are the prize, and after all, you know, to fight for one's womenkind is amongst the primeval instincts.
His features, like those of all the primeval men of Pellucidar, were regular and fine.
Between him and destination lay a trackless wilderness of untouched primeval savagery where, doubtless in many spots, his would be the first human foot to touch the virgin turf.
For weeks he had forgotten so trivial a thing as gold, for he had been for the time a truly primeval man with no thought beyond today.
But then, of course, they have not been trained by stern necessity to cope with the emergencies and dangers of savage primeval life.
The most laborious task will be the proper inauguration of the government and the primeval formation of a federal code.