aborigines

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Aborīginēs, possibly from ab orīgine (from the beginning)[1].

Noun[edit]

aborigines

  1. plural form of aborigine
  2. The original people of a location, originally Greek and Roman. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][2]
  3. Indigenous flora and fauna. [First attested in the late 17th century.][2]
  4. (history) The inhabitants of a location before colonization by the Europeans occurred. [First attested in the early 18th century.][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

aboriginēs

  1. nominative plural of aborigō
  2. accusative plural of aborigō
  3. vocative plural of aborigō