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Noun: rudiments  roo-du-munts
  1. A statement of fundamental facts or principles
    - basics, elements
  2. The elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
    "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry";
    - first principles, alphabet, elements
Noun: rudiment  roo-du-munt
  1. The remains of a body part that was functional at an earlier stage of life
    "Meckel's diverticulum is the rudiment of the embryonic yolk sac"

Type of: basic principle, basics, bedrock, body part, fact, fundamental principle, fundamentals

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