(Prim"ly), adv. In a prim or precise manner.
(Prim"ness), n. The quality or state of being prim; affected formality or niceness; preciseness; stiffness.
(||Pri"mo) a. [It.] (Mus.) First; chief.
(Pri`mo*ge"ni*al) a. [See Primigenial.] First born, made, or generated; original; primary; elemental; as,
primogenial light. Glanvill.
(Pri`mo*gen"i*tive) a. [See Primogeniture.] Of or pertaining to primogeniture. [R.]
(Pri`mo*gen"i*tive), n. Primogeniture. [Obs.]
The primogenitive and due of birth.Shak.
(Pri`mo*gen"i*tor) n. [LL., fr. L. primus first + genitor a begetter.] The first ancestor; a
(Pri`mo*gen"i*ture) n. [LL., fr. L. primus first + genitura a begetting, birth, generation,
fr. genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. primogéniture, L. primogenitus firstborn. See Prime, a., and Genus,
1. The state of being the firstborn of the same parents; seniority by birth among children of the same
2. (Eng. Law) The exclusive right of inheritance which belongs to the eldest son. Thus in England the
right of inheriting the estate of the father belongs to the eldest son, and in the royal family the eldest
son of the sovereign is entitled to the throne by primogeniture. In exceptional cases, among the female
children, the crown descends by right of primogeniture to the eldest daughter only and her issue. Blackstone.
(Pri`mo*gen"i*ture*ship) n. The state or privileges of the firstborn. Burke.
(Pri*mor"di*al) a. [L. primordialis, from primordium the first beginning; primus first + ordiri
to begin a web, to begin: cf. F. primordial.]
1. First in order; primary; original; of earliest origin; as, primordial condition. "The primordial facts of our
intelligent nature." Sir W. Hamilton.
2. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the lowest beds of the Silurian age, corresponding to the Acadian and
Potsdam periods in American geology. It is called also Cambrian, and by many geologists is separated
from the Silurian.
3. (Biol.) Originally or earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ; as, a primordial leaf; a
Primordial utricle (Bot.), the interior lining of a young vegetable cell.
(Pri*mor"di*al), n. A first principle or element.
(Pri*mor"di*al*ism) n. Devotion to, or persistence in, conditions of the primordial state.
(Pri*mor"di*al*ly), adv. At the beginning; under the first order of things; originally.
(Pri*mor"di*an) n. [L. primordius first of all, fr. primordium.] (Bot.) A name given to several
kinds of plums; as, red primordian, amber primordian, etc.