a primogenital figure-head or cipher


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Ukrainian & Russian
If ever there was a primogenital figure-head or cipher, that archetype had been resurrected in the shape of Deadyawn. He was pure symbol. By comparison, even Mr Fluke was a busy man.
(M. Peake; Gormenghast)

What exactly does it mean here?

  • wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    It seems Peake resorted to the word 'primogenital' in order not to have 'archetypal' followed by 'archetype'.
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