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aboriginal

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

Definition of aboriginal

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

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the people who have been in a region from the earliest time :  of or relating to aborigines aboriginal languages aboriginal tribes/customs/art; specifically, often capitalized :  of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia

aboriginally

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Examples of aboriginal in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of aboriginal

aborigine + 1-al

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 that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere. indigenous plants endemic implies being peculiar to a region. a disease endemic in Africa aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular 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

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Origin and Etymology of aboriginal

noun derivative of 1aboriginal

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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 for Students

  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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