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abo

[ab-oh] /ˈæb oʊ/
noun, plural abos.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
adjective
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; by shortening; see -o
Usage note
Since abo is simply a shortened form of aborigine, one could easily think that it is as neutral and inoffensive a term as Aussie usually is for an Australian. However, abo is as highly offensive to Australian Aborigines as nigger is to African Americans in the United States.

Åbo

[aw-boo] /ˈɔ bu/
noun
1.
Swedish name of Turku.

ABO

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British Dictionary definitions for abo

Abo

/ˈæbəʊ/
noun (sometimes not capital) (Austral, old-fashioned, taboo) (pl) Abos
1.
  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier): an Abo reserve
Usage note
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable

Åbo

/ˈoːbuː/
noun
1.
the Swedish name for Turku
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ABO

annular beam oscillator
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