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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state;
- Example: "aboriginal forests"
- Example: "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"
- Example: "the forest primeval"
- Example: "primordial matter"
- Example: "primordial forms of life"
[syn: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Primordial \Pri*mor"di*al\, n. A first principle or element. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Primordial \Pri*mor"di*al\, a. [L. primordialis, from primordium the first beginning; primus first + ordiri to begin a web, to begin: cf. F. primordial.] 1. First in order; primary; original; of earliest origin; as, primordial condition. "The primordial facts of our intelligent nature." --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the lowest beds of the Silurian age, corresponding to the Acadian and Potsdam periods in American geology. It is called also Cambrian, and by many geologists is separated from the Silurian. [1913 Webster] 3. (Biol.) Originally or earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ; as, a primordial leaf; a primordial cell. [1913 Webster] Primordial utricle (Bot.), the interior lining of a young vegetable cell. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

primordial adj 1: 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" [syn: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "primordial": aboriginal, ancestral, antepatriarchal, atavistic, autochthonous, basal, basic, central, crucial, elemental, elementary, embryonic, fundamental, generative, genetic, germinal, humanoid, in embryo, in ovo, original, patriarchal, preadamite, preglacial, pregnant, prehistoric, prehuman, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, primoprimitive, pristine, protogenic, protohistoric, protohuman, radical, rudimentary, seminal