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aboriginal

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adjective ab·orig·i·nal \ˌa-bə-ˈrij-nəl, -ˈri-jə-nəl\

Simple Definition of aboriginal

  • : of or relating to the people and things that have been in a region from the earliest time

  • : of or relating to the native people of Australia : of or relating to Australian aborigines

Full Definition of aboriginal

  1. 1 :  being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region <aboriginal forests> <aboriginal rocks>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to aborigines b often capitalized :  of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia

ab·orig·i·nal·ly adverb

Examples of aboriginal

  1. the aboriginal peoples of Australia

  2. <the aboriginal peoples of northern Alaska are known as Inupiats, which in their language literally means real people>



1650

First Known Use of aboriginal

1650

Synonym Discussion of aboriginal

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it <native tribal customs>. indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere <maize is indigenous to America>. endemic implies being peculiar to a region <edelweiss is endemic in the Alps>. aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

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aboriginal

noun ab·orig·i·nal

Definition of aboriginal

  1. 1 :  aborigine 1

  2. 2 often capitalized :  aborigine 2



Examples of aboriginal

  1. <for a long time the aboriginals were not even included in the censuses, as they were viewed as part of the region's fauna>



1749

First Known Use of aboriginal

1749

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ABORIGINAL Defined for Kids

aboriginal

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adjective ab·orig·i·nal \ˌa-bə-ˈri-jə-nəl\

Definition of aboriginal

  1. 1 :  being the first of its kind in a region <aboriginal plants>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the original people living in a region





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