Australoid definition

ôstrə-loid
Of or being a human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as dark skin and dark curly hair, and including the Aboriginal peoples of Australia along with various peoples of Southeast Asia, especially Melanesia and the Malay Archipelago. No longer in scientific use.
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Designating or of one of the major geographical varieties of human beings, including the indigenous peoples of Australia, the Veddas of Sri Lanka, possibly the Ainu, etc., who are generally characterized by dark skin, curly hair, large teeth and jaws, etc.
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A member of the Australoid population.
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(anthropology) A member of the racial classification that includes Veddahs, Negritos, New Guineans, Melanesians, Micronesians and Australian aborigines.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
australoid
Plural:
australoids

Origin of australoid

  • Austral(ian) –oid

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