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Topic: EARTH SCIENCES

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: primaevus, from primus ( PRIME1) + aevum 'age'

primeval

adjective
     
pri‧me‧val also primaeval British English
1HE belonging to the earliest time in the existence of the universe or the Earth:
Primeval clouds of gas formed themselves into stars.
2 very ancient:
primeval forests
3 primeval feelings are very strong and seem to come from a part of people's character that is ancient and animal-like:
the primeval urge to reproduce
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