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[blak-fel-oh] /ˈblækˌfɛl oʊ/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to an Aborigine of Australia.
Also, blackfella [blak-fel-uh] /ˈblækˌfɛl ə/ (Show IPA).
Origin of blackfellow
1730-40; black + fellow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So, pointing to them, he asked what was in the fire, and the blackfellow replied with one word "lubra."

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • "Only got 'em one yarramen," said the blackfellow nonchalantly.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • I've heard a blackfellow talk like that, but not a white man, and may I never hear the like again!

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • "Master said I take him Yarraman along-a-paddock," whined the blackfellow.

    Missing Friends Thorvald Weitemeyer
  • Scarcely five minutes had elapsed before a blackfellow made his appearance outside, and began to lead my horses away.

    Missing Friends Thorvald Weitemeyer
  • She had not seen any like the acting blackfellow at her cottage home.

    Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel C. Pedley
  • Let him just come playing his little game round here, and he'll have me on his track like a Nyall blackfellow.

  • The blackfellow who had led them out with such confidence made some significant admissions as they proceeded on the journey.

  • "I never saw such a rum river, in my life," said my blackfellow Charley.

  • Then, like a flash, the memory of my ride to the blackfellow's Well—part of the very route we were now pursuing—rose before me.

    Sheilah McLeod Guy Boothby

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