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1aboriginal

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

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

First Known Use of ABORIGINAL

1650

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

2aboriginal

noun

Definition of ABORIGINAL

1
:  aborigine 1
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>

First Known Use of ABORIGINAL

1749

Related to ABORIGINAL

Synonyms
aborigine, autochthon, indigene (also indigen), native
Antonyms
nonnative

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

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