Primordial meaning

prī-môrdē-əl
The definition of primordial is something that existed at the beginning of time, or is something that is native, fundamental or at the earliest stages of development.

Rock formations that have existed since the beginning of the earth are an example of something that would be described as primordial.

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A basic principle.
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A basic principle.
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(biology) Characteristic of the earliest stage of the development of an organism, or relating to a primordium.

A primordial leaf; a primordial cell.

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A first principle or element.
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Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
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Primary or fundamental.

Play a primordial role.

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Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part.

Primordial cells.

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First in time; existing at or from the beginning; primitive; primeval.
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Not derivative; fundamental; original.
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Earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive.
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Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
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Primary or fundamental.

Play a primordial role.

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Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part.

Primordial cells.

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Origin of primordial

  • Middle English from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis from Latin prīmōrdium origin prīmus first per1 in Indo-European roots ōrdīrī to begin to weave ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Latin prÄ«mōrdiālis (“of the beginning"). Confer primordium and -al.

    From Wiktionary