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From the Latin prīmōrdiālis (of the beginning). Compare primordium and -al.

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primordial (not comparable)

  1. First, earliest or original.
  2. (biology) Characteristic of the earliest stage of the development of an organism, or relating to a primordium.
    a primordial leaf; a primordial cell
  3. Primeval.
  4. Of an element or isotope: occurring primordially (on Earth) (i.e. inherited from when the Earth was formed); because it is stable, or radioactive but so long-lived that some is left over from when the Earth was formed. For example, primordial radioisotopes (T = half-life in years) include uranium-235 (T = 7×108), potassium-40 (T = 1.25×109), uranium-238 (T = 4.5×109), and thorium-232 (T = 1.4×1010).

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primordial (plural primordials)

  1. A first principle or element.

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French

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Learned borrowing from Latin prīmōrdiālis (of the beginning).

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primordial (feminine primordiale, masculine plural primordiaux, feminine plural primordiales)

  1. primordial, primitive, original
    Synonyms: originel, primitif
  2. vital, essential, paramount, of paramount importance
    Synonyms: capital, essentiel

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primordial (strong nominative masculine singular primordialer, not comparable)

  1. primordial

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Portuguese

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From Latin prīmōrdiālis (of the beginning).

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /pɾi.moʁ.d͡ʒiˈaw/ [pɾi.moɦ.d͡ʒɪˈaʊ̯], (faster pronunciation) /pɾi.moʁˈd͡ʒjaw/ [pɾi.moɦˈd͡ʒjaʊ̯]
    • (São Paulo) IPA(key): /pɾi.moɾ.d͡ʒiˈaw/ [pɾi.moɾ.d͡ʒɪˈaʊ̯], (faster pronunciation) /pɾi.moɾˈd͡ʒjaw/ [pɾi.moɾˈd͡ʒjaʊ̯]
    • (Rio de Janeiro) IPA(key): /pɾi.moʁ.d͡ʒiˈaw/ [pɾi.moʁ.d͡ʒɪˈaʊ̯], (faster pronunciation) /pɾi.moʁˈd͡ʒjaw/ [pɾi.moʁˈd͡ʒjaʊ̯]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /pɾi.moɻ.d͡ʒiˈaw/ [pɾi.moɻ.d͡ʒɪˈaʊ̯], (faster pronunciation) /pɾi.moɻˈd͡ʒjaw/ [pɾi.moɻˈd͡ʒjaʊ̯]
 
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /pɾi.muɾˈdjal/ [pɾi.muɾˈðjaɫ]
    • (Southern Portugal) IPA(key): /pɾi.muɾˈdja.li/ [pɾi.muɾˈðja.li]

  • Rhymes: -al, -aw
  • Hyphenation: pri‧mor‧di‧al

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primordial m or f (plural primordiais)

  1. primordial (first, earliest or original)
    Synonym: primeiro
  2. primary, main, paramount
    Synonyms: capital, essencial, importante
    • 1982, Bernardo Soares, Livro do Desassossego, Vol.II:
      Em mim o que há de primordial é o hábito e o jeito de sonhar.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)

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Romanian

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Borrowed from French primordial.

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primordial m or n (feminine singular primordială, masculine plural primordiali, feminine and neuter plural primordiale)

  1. primeval

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From Latin prīmōrdiālis (of the beginning). Cognate with English primordial.

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  • IPA(key): /pɾimoɾˈdjal/ [pɾi.moɾˈð̞jal]
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: pri‧mor‧dial

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primordial m or f (masculine and feminine plural primordiales)

  1. primordial
  2. primary, paramount

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