also primaeval BrE [praıˈmi:vəl] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: primaevus, from primus ( PRIME1) + aevum 'age']
1.) 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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