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What is the difference, if any, between "primordial" and "primeval"?

Question #88412. Asked by Rowena8482.
Last updated Aug 23 2016.

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Things that are "primordial" existed as the Earth was forming. Things that are "primeval" were around in the early ages after the Earth was formed.


Nov 12 2007, 11:49 AM
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"Primordial" has a broader application and refers more to sequence. "Primeval" speaks to a time period.

PRIMORDIAL -- adjective -- 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.

PRIMEVAL -- adjective -- Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient: a primeval forest.


Response last updated by LadyNym on Aug 23 2016.
Nov 12 2007, 11:54 AM
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