aborigine


aborigine

noun

  1. one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
  2. (initial capital letter) Also Aboriginal. Also called Australian Aborigine. a member of the people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.
  3. aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.

noun

  1. an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times

noun

  1. Also called: Aboriginal a member of the indigenous people who were living in Australia when European settlers arrived
  2. any of the languages of this peopleSee also Australian (def. 3)
n.

1858, mistaken singular of aborigines (1540s; the correct singular is aboriginal), from Latin Aborigines “the first ancestors of the Romans; the first inhabitants” (especially of Latium), possibly a tribal name, or from ab origine, literally “from the beginning.” Extended 1789 to natives of other countries which Europeans have colonized. Australian slang shortening Abo attested from 1922.

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