1. Of, relating to, or being an element.
a. Fundamental or essential; basic.
b. Of or relating to fundamentals; elementary.
c. Constituting an integral part; inborn.
3. Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect: elemental violence.
In certain occult systems, an inhabitant of one of the four elements, especially any of the beings described by Paracelsus as intermediate in corporeality between humans and spirits.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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