aboriginal
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.n̩.l̩/, /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.ɪn.l̩/
Adjective

aboriginal

  1. First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, “Knights and Squires”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗, page 131 ↗:
      Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes— […] all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
  2. Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Aboriginal#English|Aboriginal [First attested in the late 18th century.]
Synonyms Related terms Translations Noun

aboriginal (plural aboriginals)

  1. An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  2. Alternative letter-case form of Aboriginal#English|Aboriginal [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
Translations
Aboriginal
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.n̩.l̩/, /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.ɪn.l̩/
Adjective

aboriginal

  1. Of or pertaining to Australian Aboriginal peoples, Aborigines, or their language. [First attested in the 19th century.]
  2. Alternative letter-case form of aboriginal
Synonyms Related terms Translations Noun

aboriginal (plural aboriginals)

  1. An Aboriginal inhabitant of Australia, Aborigine. [First attested in the 19th century.]
  2. Alternative letter-case form of aboriginal
Translations
  • Portuguese: aborígene, aborígine
  • Russian: абориге́н
  • Spanish: aborigen, aboriginal
Translations Proper noun
  1. Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines.



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