Pre-Adamite

Brewer (26D) informs us that this was the name given by Isaac de la Peyrère to a race of men whom he thought to have existed before the days of the Garden of Eden. He thought that only Jews are descended from Adam and Eve and that Gentiles derive from Pre-Adamites.

Context: 
of Pre-Adamite ancestral descent
Opera: 
Act: 
Act I