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  • n. A member of any race that predates Adam; an inhuman being.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a race that predates Adam; pre-human.


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  • The presence of natives called Indians called for some theological jerry-rigging, including elaborate theories of "pre-Adamite" man.

    Jonathan D. Moreno: America's Problem With "Progress"

  • There are liquid clays, springs, hard rocks, and those soft and deep quagmires which special science calls moutardes. 59 The pick advances laboriously through the calcareous layers alternating with very slender threads of clay, and schistose beds in plates incrusted with oyster-shells, the contemporaries of the pre-Adamite oceans.

    Les Miserables

  • And in the ground placed He in abundance teeth, jaws, skulls, and pelvises of transitional fossils from pre-Adamite creatures.

    Michael Shermer: Dear Kansas

  • Men I have said remove the pubes by shaving, and pluck the hair of the arm-pits, one of the vestiges of pre-Adamite man.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Ibn Abbas held that he belonged to an order of angels who are called Jinn and begot issue as do the nasnás, the Ghúl and the Kutrub which, however are male and female, like the pre-Adamite manwoman of Genesis, the “bi-une” of our modern days.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Ararat,” “a stupendous epic,” as the reviews said; and “The Megatheria,” “a magnificent contribution to our pre-Adamite literature,” according to the same authorities.

    Mrs. Perkins's Ball

  • For it is older than the world and has known the terrible hands of strange, dark pre-Adamite priests in the silent cities beneath the seas, and has drawn from an Elder World mystery and magic unguessed by humankind.

    People of the Dark

  • The smaller of the ridges is basaltic, and in its ruggedness resembles the jaw of “some pre-Adamite beast setting its teeth against the sky;” yet the larger portion of the Isle is coarse sandstone, or rather conglomerate, with basaltic blocks and boulders.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • I wonder when your little pre-Adamite butler will return.

    Uncle Silas

  • Let us ask what was the state of our globe in the pre-Adamite days, when the tyrants of the

    The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi


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