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See also: Aboriginal
- First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
- Alternative letter-case form of [First attested in the late 18th century.]
- (indigenous to a place): native, indigenous, autochthonous, endemic, original, first, earliest, primitive, ancient, primordial, primeval
living in a land before colonization
aboriginal (plural aboriginals)
- An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
(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.
- Alternative letter-case form of [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
animal or plant native to a region
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- 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.
- “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)
- Aborigine (original inhabitant of Australia)