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1. Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
2. Primary or fundamental: play a primordial role.
3. Biology Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part: primordial cells.
A basic principle.
[Middle English, from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis, from Latin prīmōrdium, origin : prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots + ōrdīrī, to begin to weave; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]
1. existing at or from the beginning; earliest; primeval
2. constituting an origin; fundamental
3. (Biology) biology of or relating to an early stage of development: primordial germ cells.
an elementary or basic principle
[C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin]
pri•mor•di•al(praɪˈmɔr di əl)
1. constituting the earliest stages; original: primordial forms of life.
2. existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter.
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|Adj.||1.||primordial - 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"