- The definition of primeval is a person or thing from the earliest times.
An example of primeval is the "Grizzly Giant" sequoia tree in Yosemite; a primeval tree.
Origin: from Classical Latin primaevus (from primus, first: see prime plush aevum, an age) plush -al
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Origin: From Latin prīmaevus, early in life : prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots + aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- pri·meˈval·ly adverb