Aborigine definition

ăbə-rĭjə-nē
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The definition of aborigine refers to the animals and plants which are native to an area, or to the people who were the first to find and live in an area.

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.

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The flora and fauna native to a geographic area.
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A member of the indigenous or earliest known population of a region; a native.
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A member of any of the indigenous peoples of Australia.
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The native animals or plants of a certain region.
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Any of the first or earliest known inhabitants of a certain region; native.
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A member of the aboriginal peoples of Australia (in this sense, now considered offensive by some)
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An native inhabitant of a country; a member of the original people. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
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(in the plural) The native flora and fauna of an area. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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An individual aboriginal Australian.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
aborigine
Plural:
aborigines

Origin of aborigine

  • Back-formation from pl. aborigines (taken as aborigine) (-s) from Latin aborīginēs original inhabitants (folk etymology of the name of a pre-Roman tribe of Italy) ab from ab–1 orīgine ablative of orīgō beginning origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from aborigines.

    From Wiktionary