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Another word for rudiment

  1. A fundamental principle or underlying concept.

      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      1. Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary:
      2. Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central:
      3. Of great significance or entailing major change:
      1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
      2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.
      3. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
      1. A stone at the corner of a building uniting two intersecting walls; a quoin.
      2. Such a stone, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony marking the origin of a building.
      3. An indispensable and fundamental basis:
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
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  2. A fundamental irreducible constituent of a whole.

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