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Eleméntal. adj. [from element.]

  1. Produced by some of the four elements.

    If dusky spots are vary'd on his brow,
    And streak'd with red, a troubl'd colour show;
    That sullen mixture shall at once declare
    Winds, rain and storms, and elemental war.
    Dryden's Virg.

    Soft yielding minds to water glide away,
    And sip, with nymphs, their elemental tea.

  2. Arising from first principles.

    Leeches are by some accounted poison not properly, that is, by temperamental contrariety, occult form, or so much as elemental repugnancy; but inwardly taken, they fasten upon the veins, and occasion an effusion of blood. Brown's Vu. Err.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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