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See Aboriginal.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.n̩.l̩/, /ˌæb.əˈɹɪd͡ʒ.ɪn.l̩/
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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[1], Longman et al., 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 letter-case form of Aboriginal [First attested in the late 18th century.][1]


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aboriginal (plural aboriginals)

  1. An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    • (Can we date this quote?), Charles Darwin, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of Aboriginal [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]

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.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 “aboriginal” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 6.



aboriginal m, f (plural aboriginales)

  1. Aborigine (original inhabitant of Australia)