Ved·​doid ˈve-ˌdȯid How to pronounce Veddoid (audio)
plural Veddoids
: a member of a group of people of southern Asia formerly considered to constitute a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) and classified according to physical traits (such as wavy to curly hair, brown skin tone, and slender body build)
Veddoid adjective

Examples of Veddoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just three relict groups of hunter-gatherers--the Semang Negritos of the Malay Peninsula, the Andaman Islanders, and the Veddoid Negritos of Sri Lanka--remain to give us any clue as to what those peoples were like. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019

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Word History


vedda + -oid entry 1

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Veddoid was in 1929

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“Veddoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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