aboriginal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See Aboriginal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.n̩.l̩/, /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.ɪn.l̩/
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Adjective[edit]

aboriginal (comparative more aboriginal, superlative most aboriginal)

  1. First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, Longman et al. (publishers), page 277:
      Green in the Church-yard, beautiful and green; / [] / And mantled o'er with aboriginal turf / And everlasting flowers.
  2. Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.][1]
  3. Alternative capitalization of Aboriginal. [First attested in the late 18th century.][1]

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Noun[edit]

aboriginal (plural aboriginals)

  1. An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    • Charles Darwin
      It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  2. Alternative capitalization of Aboriginal. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence.
  • In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people.
  • See also the usage notes under Aboriginal.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6