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prima materia Syllabification: pri·ma ma·te·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌprīmə məˈti(ə)rēə/ /ˌprēmə/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also materia prima)

Definition of prima materia in English:


Primeval matter; fundamental substance.
Example sentences
  • It's also clearly linked to the prima materia in alchemy: the formless, chaotic substance from which everything is eventually formed and transformed.
  • The alchemist task is to somehow separate each different aspect of the prima materia into its own material spectrum of substance.
  • Notably, in the Tao te Ching the prima materia is described as unmovable; at the same time, ‘it is capable of being the mother of the world’, so implying that the prima materia binds us to the earth.



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