australioid

Australoid

[aw-struh-loid]
noun
1.
Anthropology. a descriptive category including principally the Australian Aborigines and sometimes including Papuans, Melanesians, various small-statured peoples, as Negritos, of the Philippines, Malay Peninsula, and Andaman Islands, and some of the tribes of central and southern India.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or having the characteristics of the Australoids.
Also, Australioid [aw-strey-lee-oid] .


Origin:
1860–65; variant of Australioid. See Australia, -oid

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Australoid (ˈɒstrəˌlɔɪd)
 
adj
1.  denoting, relating to, or belonging to a supposed racial group that includes the native Australians and certain other peoples of southern Asia and the Pacific islands.
 
n
2.  any member of this racial group
 
usage  The word Australoid and other words ending in -oid and relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to mention the ethnicity of indigenous peoples from this region it is preferable to use a specific name, or a widely accepted term such as indigenous Australians or Aboriginal peoples.

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