antediluvian

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antediluvian

belonging to the ages before the biblical Flood (Genesis 7, 8)
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Percy Northumberland Driscoll, brother to the judge, and younger than he by five years, was a married man, and had had children around his hearthstone; but they were attacked in detail by measles, croup, and scarlet fever, and this had given the doctor a chance with his effective antediluvian methods; so the cradles were empty.
The gently sloping beach along which I walked was thickly strewn with strangely shaped, colored shells; some empty, others still housing as varied a multitude of mollusks as ever might have drawn out their sluggish lives along the silent shores of the antediluvian seas of the outer crust.
You are antediluvian anyway, with your Nietzsche ideas.
But this hard body might be a bony covering, like that of the antediluvian animals; and I should be free to class this monster among amphibious reptiles, such as tortoises or alligators.
The streams were deep and slow, and there were holes of abysmal depth, where any kind and size of antediluvian monster could find a habitat.