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Aboriginal Australian

Aboriginal definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ABORIG'INAL, a. [L. ab and origo, origin. See Origin.]
First; original; primitive; aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of a country.
Aboriginal tribes of America.
ABORIG'INAL, a. an original, or primitive inhabitant. The first settlers in a country are called aboriginals; as the Celts in Europe, and Indians in America.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia; "an Aboriginal rite"
2: characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia" [syn: native, aboriginal] [ant: nonnative]
3: having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life" [syn: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial] n
1: a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived [syn: Aborigine, Abo, Aboriginal, native Australian, Australian Aborigine]
2: an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students" [syn: native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginal]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 1667 1. being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region <aboriginal forests> <aboriginal rocks> 2. a. of or relating to aborigines b. often capitalized of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia Synonyms: see native aboriginally adverb II. noun Date: 1767 1. aborigine 1 2. often capitalized aborigine 2

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 (of races and natural phenomena) inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists. 2 (usu. Aboriginal) of the Australian Aboriginals. --n. 1 an aboriginal inhabitant. 2 (usu. Aboriginal) an aboriginal inhabitant of Australia. Derivatives: aboriginally adv. Etymology: as ABORIGINE + -AL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aboriginal Ab`o*rig"i*nal, a. [See Aborigines.] 1. First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America. ``Mantled o'er with aboriginal turf.'' --Wordsworth. 2. Of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindoo of aboriginal blood.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aboriginal Ab`o*rig"i*nal, n. 1. An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines. 2. An animal or a plant native to the region. It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands. --Darwin.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(aboriginals) 1. An Aboriginal is an Australian Aborigine. He remained fascinated by the Aboriginals' tales. = Aborigine N-COUNT 2. Aboriginal means belonging or relating to the Australian Aborigines. ...Aboriginal art. ADJ: ADJ n 3. The aboriginal people or animals of a place are ones that have been there from the earliest known times or that were there before people or animals from other countries arrived. = native, indigenous ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Primitive, primeval, primordial, pristine, primary, prime, original, first, native, indigenous, autochthonal, autochthonous, of eld.

Moby Thesaurus

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