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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: primordialis, from Latin primordium 'origin', from primus ( PRIME1) + ordiri 'to begin'

primordial

adjective
     
Related topics: Anthropology
pri‧mor‧di‧al formal
1SA existing at the beginning of time or the beginning of the Earth:
the primordial seas
2 primordial feelings are very strong and seem to come from the part of people's character that is ancient and animal-like:
He was driven on by a primordial terror.
3

the primordial soup

HE the mixture of gases and other substances that people believe existed before the beginning of life on Earth

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