C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin
primordial for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (praɪmɔːʳdiəl)
You use primordial to describe things that belong to a very early time in the history of the world. [formal] ⇒ Twenty million years ago, Idaho was populated by dense primordial forest. ⇒ ...the original primordial explosion.
"Turner was just crawlingashore, covered with mud, an amphibian surfacing from the primordial ooze.Terman, Douglas CORMORANTAnd all those other agents have been absorbed into the primordial thing, the throne, the angel, the whatever.Tepper, Sheri S. A PLAGUE OF ANGELSIs there is something primordial in the attraction of high school girls for the male of the species?William Lashner FATAL FLAW