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aboriginal

[ab-uh-rij-uh-nl] /ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or typical of aborigines:
aboriginal customs.
2.
original or earliest known; native; indigenous:
the aboriginal people of Tahiti.
noun
3.
aborigine (def 1).
4.
(initial capital letter) aborigine (def 2).
Origin of aboriginal
1660-1670
1660-70; aborigine + -al1
Related forms
aboriginality, noun
aboriginally, adverb
Synonyms
2. endemic, autochthonous, primordial.
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Examples from the Web for aboriginal
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  • The caste usually bury the dead with the feet to the north, like the Gonds and other aboriginal tribes.

  • What is the aboriginal Self, on which a universal reliance may be grounded?

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • This is the way the red men go about to induce the aboriginal maids to listen to their suit.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • Every vestige of aboriginal architecture has disappeared from the surface of the city.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Traces and traditions of this aboriginal race are found in all parts of the world, and in sacred as well as profane history.

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginal

aboriginal

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous
Derived Forms
aboriginally, adverb

Aboriginal

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the indigenous peoples of Australia
noun
2.
another word for an Australian Aborigine
Usage note
The Australian government suggests that the most exact and inclusive way of referring to the indigenous peoples of Australia is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Other terms which are acceptable are: Aboriginal people(s), Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
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Word Origin and History for aboriginal
adj.

1660s, "first, earliest," especially in reference to inhabitants of lands colonized by Europeans, from aborigines (see aborigine) + -al (1); specific Australian sense is from 1820. The noun is attested from 1767. Related: Aboriginally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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