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belonging to a particular place by birth or origin
  • the aboriginal peoples of northern Alaska are known as Inupiats, which in their language literally means "real people"

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a member of the first people to inhabit a region
  • they still speak the language of the region's aboriginals

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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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The first known use of aboriginal was in 1650

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“Aboriginal.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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