1. An example of a plant that is an aborigine is the fig in Australia. 2. An example of people who are aboriginal to a country are Inuits in Canada.
- any of the first or earliest known inhabitants of a certain region; native
- [A-] a member of the aboriginal people of Australia
- [pl.] the native animals or plants of a certain region
Origin of aborigineL, first inhabitant from ab-, from + origine, origin
- a. A member of the indigenous or earliest known population of a region; a native.b. often Aborigine A member of any of the indigenous peoples of Australia. See Usage Note at native.
- aborigines The flora and fauna native to a geographic area.
Origin of aborigineBack-formation from pl. aborigines ( taken as aborigine ) ( -s 1) from Latin aborīginēs original inhabitants (folk etymology of the name of a pre-Roman tribe of Italy) ab from ; see ab- 1. orīgine ablative of orīgō beginning ; see origin .
(countable and uncountable, plural aborigines)
- Should be capitalized in Australian contexts.
- Fowler's 3rd edition considers this singular to be "etymologically indefensible" notwithstanding its having become the established form in Australia since 1829. This is in reference to its inflection from 'Aborigines', not actually originally an S-addition pluralization (see Aborigine/Aborigines/Aboriginal entries in Oxford Dictionary).
Back-formation from aborigines.
- An individual aboriginal Australian.