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  • I was soon sent to school -- that preparatory world, where the great primal principles of human nature, in the aggression of the strong and the meanness of the weak, constitute the earliest lesson of importance that we are taught; and where the forced _primitiae_ of that less universal knowledge which is useless to the many who in after life, neglect, and bitter to the few who improve it, are the first motives for which our minds are to be broken to terror, and our hearts initiated into tears.

    Falkland, Book 1.

  • 96-99, "Et haec sunt primitiae librorum totius ecclesiae Anglicanae," 99.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages


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  • The absence of "Definitions" for this word surprises me.

    March 16, 2015

  • Primitiae = 1. first fruits or first produce; 2. the amniotic fluid discharged at the inception of parturition (OED).

    March 16, 2015