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1A member of a race supposed to have existed before the time of the biblical Adam.
2A believer in the existence of people before Adam. Now historical.
3NZ History. A settler who arrived in Canterbury Province before the settlement of 1850.
1That existed before the biblical Adam; belonging to a race existing before Adam, or to a time previous to that of Adam; prehuman.
2Relating to or designating the theory that a race of humans existed before Adam; of or relating to believers in this theory.
Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin praeadamita, noun from classical Latin prae- + Adam + -īta.
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