Rock formations that have existed since the beginning of the earth are an example of something that would be described as primordial.
- first in time; existing at or from the beginning; primitive; primeval
- not derivative; fundamental; original
- Biol. earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive
Origin of primordialMiddle English from Late Latin primordialis from Classical Latin primordium, the beginning from primus, first (see prime) + ordiri, to begin (see order)
- Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
- Primary or fundamental: play a primordial role.
- Biology Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part: primordial cells.
Origin of primordialMiddle English from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis from Latin prīmōrdium origin prīmus first ; see per1 in Indo-European roots. ōrdīrī to begin to weave ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- A first principle or element.