What does primus mean?

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ˈpraɪ məsprimus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primusnoun

    the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of Scotland

  2. Primus stove, Primusnoun

    a portable paraffin cooking stove; used by campers


  1. primus

    Primus is a Latin term that translates to "first" in English. It is often used to indicate superiority or precedence, as in the first or most important. It can also refer to a person who is the first or among the first in a particular position or status, such as a leader or pioneer. Additionally, Primus is also the name of an American rock band.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primusnoun

    one of the bishops of the Episcopal Church of Scotland, who presides at the meetings of the bishops, and has certain privileges but no metropolitan authority

  2. Etymology: [L., the first.]


  1. Primus

    Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Primus originally formed in 1984 with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, later joined by Lane, though the latter two departed the band at the end of 1988. Featuring LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, Primus recorded their debut, Suck on This in 1989, followed by four studio albums; Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Alexander left the band in 1996, replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and Primus went on to record the original theme song for the TV show South Park and two more albums, Brown Album and Antipop, before declaring a hiatus in 2000. In 2003, Claypool and LaLonde reunited with Alexander and released a DVD/EP, Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, before touring sporadically through 2009. In 2010, it was announced that Lane had rejoined Primus, replacing Alexander, and the band released their eighth album, Green Naugahyde, in 2011. Primus are characterized by their irreverent, quirky approach to music. They have released some of their records on Claypool's Prawn Song Records label, the name of which is a parody of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primus

    prī′mus, n. the bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church who presides over the meetings of the other bishops, but without metropolitan authority.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Primus is ranked #11960 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Primus surname appeared 2,613 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Primus.

    58.2% or 1,521 total occurrences were Black.
    35.7% or 935 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 80 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 60 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of primus in a Sentence

  1. Kane Baccigalupi:

    I'm super glad for the count, because [Primus] will work, but super sad for our budget.

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