- 1Of the earliest time in history: mile after mile of primeval forestMore example sentences
- This is life in a swamp, a primeval wet forest from which the great diversity of Australia's modern fauna sprung.
- The natural, primeval clock is the sun, by whose light we see to perform our daily tasks.
- Genesis 12 marks a shift from primeval history to the stories of the patriarchs.
- 1.1(Of emotion or behaviour) strongly instinctive and unreasoning: a primeval desireMore example sentences
- Getting up in the mornings becomes more difficult, going home in the evenings seems to provoke a primeval instinct for slumping in front of the television or crawling under the duvet.
- Roger Deakin, whose aquatic voyage round Britain is charted in his book, Waterlog, believes the roots of our deep affinity with water are primeval.
- This is a very primeval shame, deeply seated in man's psyche.
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- I'm not a fisherperson by nature, but there's something primevally attractive about fishing in the summer.
- We got out and pushed till we came to a house, another bungalow, that was at once shockingly new and primevally squalid.
mid 17th century: from Latin primaevus (from primus 'first' + aevum 'age') + -al.