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See also: Aboriginal
- First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “Knights and Squires”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC, page 131:
- Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes— […] all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
- 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): ancient, autochthonous, earliest, endemic, first, indigenous, native, original, primeval, primitive, primordial
living in a land before colonization
aboriginal (plural aboriginals)
- An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- 1839, Charles Darwin, Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H. M. S. Beagle:
- It may be welldoubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
- Alternative letter-case form of [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 244:
- Every one of the groups of islands in the Pacific, many of them only a few days' sail from Australia, have their own customs, religious, political and social, and yet Australia has none, and the aboriginals have imbibed nothing from their intercourse with other nationalities.
- Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence.
- In Canada and Australia, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people.
- See also the usage notes under Aboriginal.
animal or plant native to a region
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- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “aboriginal”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.
aboriginal m or f by sense (plural aboriginales)