aborigine

aborigine

[ab-uh-rij-uh-nee]
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 dark-skinned people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.
3.
aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.

Origin:
1540–50; by back formation from aborigines < Latin Aborīginēs a race of pre-Roman inhabitants of Italy, probably alteration of an earlier ethnonym by association with ab origine

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aborigine (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnɪ)
 
n
an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times
 
[C16: back formation from aborigines, from Latin: inhabitants of Latium in pre-Roman times, probably representing some tribal name but associated in folk etymology with ab origine from the beginning]

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

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aborigine
1858, mistaken singular of aborigines (1540s; the correct singular is aboriginal), from L. Aborigines "the first inhabitants" (especially of Latium), possibly a tribal name, or from ab origine, lit. "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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