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{adj: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial} having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
"aboriginal forests"
"primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"
"the forest primeval"
"primordial matter"
"primordial forms of life"



{adj: archean, archaean} used of the earliest known rocks

{adj: earlier, earliest} (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early
"a fashion popular in earlier times"
"his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"
"Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"

{adj: eolithic} of or relating to the earliest period of the Stone Age (characterized by the use of eoliths)

{adj: protogeometric} characteristic of the earliest phase of geometric art especially in Greece

{adj: proto} indicating the first or earliest or original
"`proto' is a combining form in a word like `protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages"

{adj: rudimentary} being in the earliest stages of development
"rudimentary plans"

{adv: soonest, earliest} with the least delay
"the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M."

{n: Archean, Archean eon, Archean aeon, Archeozoic, Archaeozoic, Archeozoic eon, Archaeozoic aeon} the time from 3,800 million years to 2,500 million years ago; earth's crust formed; unicellular organisms are earliest forms of life

{n: Asia} the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations

{n: Counterterrorist Center, CTC} an agency that helps the Director of Central Intelligence coordinate counterterrorist efforts in order to preempt and disrupt and defeat terrorist activities at the earliest possible stage

{n: Eolithic Age, Eolithic} the earliest part of the Stone Age marked by the earliest signs of human culture

{n: Hadean, Hadean time, Hadean eon, Hadean aeon, Priscoan, Priscoan eon, Priscoan aeon} the earliest eon in the history of the Earth from the first accretion of planetary material (around 4,600 million years ago) until the date of the oldest known rocks (about 3,800 million years ago); no evidence of life

{n: Horneophyton, genus Horneophyton} Devonian fossil plant considered one of the earliest forms of vascular land plants; similar to genus Rhynia but smaller

{n: Hynerpeton, genus Hynerpeton} earliest fossil amphibian ever found; of the Devonian; found in Pennsylvania

{n: Livy, Titus Livius} Roman historian whose history of Rome filled 142 volumes (of which only 35 survive) including the earliest history of the war with Hannibal (59 BC to AD 17)

{n: Old French} the earliest form of the French language; 9th to 15th century

{n: Olduvai Gorge} a gorge in northeastern Tanzania where anthropologists have found some of the earliest human remains

{n: Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture} the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America

{n: Paleo-American, Paleo-Amerind, Paleo-Indian} a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch

{n: Paleocene, Paleocene epoch} from 63 million to 58 million years ago; appearance of birds and earliest mammals

{n: Prosauropoda, suborder Prosauropoda} the earliest known dinosaurs

{n: Stone Age} (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements

{n: aborigine, autochthon} the earliest known inhabitants of a region

{n: bridge whist} the earliest form of bridge; the dealer could name the trump suit

{n: cucumber, cucumber vine, Cucumis sativus} a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit

{n: dawn, morning} the earliest period
"the dawn of civilization"
"the morning of the world"

{n: eohippus, dawn horse} earliest horse; extinct primitive dog-sized four-toed Eocene animal

{n: eolith} a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools

{n: genus Ichthyostega} second earliest fossil amphibian ever found; of the Devonian; found in Greenland

{n: index case} the earliest documented case of a disease that is included in an epidemiological study

{n: infancy, babyhood} the earliest state of immaturity

{n: native language} the language that a person has spoken from earliest childhood

{n: native speaker} a speaker of a particular language who has spoken that language since earliest childhood
"native speakers of French"

{n: paleocerebellum} the anterior lobe of the cerebellum which was one of the earliest parts of the hindbrain to develop in mammals

{n: placoderm} fishlike vertebrate with bony plates on head and upper body; dominant in seas and rivers during the Devonian; considered the earliest vertebrate with jaws

{n: primordium, anlage} an organ in its earliest stage of development; the foundation for subsequent development

{n: terminus a quo, starting point} earliest limiting point

{n: type genus} (biology) genus from which the name of a family or subfamily is formed; it is not necessarily the most representative genus but often the largest or best known or earliest described

{n: voltaic pile, pile, galvanic pile} battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta


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