Definition of primeval adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also primaeval) adjective
    BrE BrE//praɪˈmiːvl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈmiːvl//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1from the earliest period of the history of the world, very ancient primeval forests primeval soup (= the mixture of gases and substances that is thought to have existed when the earth was formed and from which life started)
  2. 2(formal) (of a feeling, or a desire) very strong and not based on reason, as if from the earliest period of human life primeval urges
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin primaevus (from primus ‘first’ + aevum ‘age’) + -al.
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