from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient: a primeval forest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Belonging to the first ages.
- adj. Primary; original.
- adj. Primitive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to the first ages; pristine; original; primitive; primary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to the first ages; original; primal; primitive.
- Synonyms Primitive, etc. See primary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
From Latin prīmaevus, early in life : prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots + aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From primevous + -al. Further, primevous, from Latin primaevus ("in the first or earliest period of life"), from primus ("first") + aevum ("time, age"); see prime and age. (Wiktionary)