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Definition ancient (of or from a long time ago); or having existed from ancient times
  • She found the fossilized remains of a primeval palm tree.
primeval = ancient
  • The area has been inhabited since primeval times.
  • primeval = ancient
  • After consulting a tree to ascertain from its lichen which way was south, and taking no lip from the subordinates who ventured to correct him, Colonel Maycomb set out on a purposeful journey to rout the enemy and entangled his troops so far northwest in the forest primeval that they were eventually rescued by settlers moving inland.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • primeval = ancient
  • Eckels turned slowly to regard the primeval garbage dump, that hill of nightmares and terror.
    Ray Bradbury  --  A Sound of Thunder
  • primeval = ancient
  • He cursed, spit, and trembled, and, with a primeval growl, he slammed the grenade into the cradle.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Myrurgia for primeval woman who creates for him a world of tender privacy where the only occupant is you, mixed with Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Some time after that while Annie slept, he heard, like some distant echo, a high primeval call which made every creature of the night fall silent.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Going primeval, no fear, no pain?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • A primeval monster twenty feet long.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • You remember that the pre-Socratics discussed the question of primeval substance and change?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Sheng raised his face to the dark sky and screamed a primeval roar of protest.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It straggled onward into the mystery of the primeval forest.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Mikey was still firing, but suddenly I heard him scream my name, the most bone-chilling primeval scream: "Help me, Marcus!
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The most laborious task will be the proper inauguration of the government and the primeval formation of a federal code.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • We must get back to primeval integrity.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • That night the city of San Francisco echoed with the primeval howls of a hundred thousand dogs.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • When the area was first settled, the plateau was covered with a dense primeval forest.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Kur was a primeval ocean-Chaos—that Enki conquered.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • We have them to thank that Germany, France, and Italy aren't covered with primeval forests and swamps, but provide us with grain, fruit, and wine.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Primeval bubbles surfaced it with lethargical majesty as Billy Pilgrim stared.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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