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 for primal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Primal \Pri"mal\, a. [LL. primalis, fr. L. primus the first. See
     Prime, a.]
     First; primary; original; chief.
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           It hath the primal eldest curse upon it. --Shak.
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           The primal duties shine aloft like stars. --Wordsworth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  primal
      adj 1: serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule";
             "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was
             fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental
             to modern industrial structure" [syn: cardinal,
             central, fundamental, key, primal]
      2: 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" [syn:
         aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval,
         primordial]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "primal":
     ab ovo, abecedarian, aboriginal, antenatal, arch, atavistic,
     austere, autochthonous, banner, bare, basal, basic, basilar,
     beginning, bodily, born, budding, capital, cardinal, central,
     champion, chaste, chief, coeval, congenital, connatal, connate,
     connatural, constituent, constitutional, constitutive, creative,
     crowning, crucial, dominant, elemental, elementary, embryonic,
     essential, fetal, first, focal, foremost, formative, foundational,
     fundamental, generative, genetic, germinal, gestatory, great, gut,
     headmost, hegemonic, hereditary, homely, homespun, homogeneous,
     in embryo, in its infancy, in ovo, in the blood, in the bud,
     inaugural, inborn, inbred, incarnate, inceptive, inchoate,
     inchoative, incipient, incunabular, indigenous, indivisible,
     infant, infantile, inherited, initial, initiative, initiatory,
     innate, instinctive, instinctual, introductory, inventive,
     irreducible, leading, magisterial, main, master, material, mere,
     monolithic, nascent, natal, native, native to, natural, natural to,
     of a piece, of the essence, organic, original, overruling,
     paramount, parturient, physical, plain, postnatal, predominant,
     preeminent, pregnant, prenatal, preponderant, prevailing, primary,
     prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, primordial, principal,
     pristine, procreative, protogenic, pure, pure and simple, radical,
     ranking, rudimental, rudimentary, ruling, seminal, severe,
     simon-pure, simple, single, sovereign, spare, star, stark, stellar,
     substantial, substantive, supereminent, temperamental, topflight,
     unadorned, uncluttered, underlying, undifferenced,
     undifferentiated, uniform, ur
  
  

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