from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Anthropology Of or being a human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as dark skin and dark curly hair, and including the Aboriginal peoples of Australia along with various peoples of southeast Asia, especially Melanesia and the Malay Archipelago. See Usage Note at race1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the racial classification that includes Veddahs, Negritos, New Guineans, Melanesians, Micronesians and Australian aborigines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Australioid.
There is such a thing as a Caucasian race, a Congoid (formerly know as Negroid) race, a Capoid race, a Mongoloid Race and Australoid race.
All tribal people do not belong to the Australoid groups and in some parts of Eastern India, we find a mixed race of these groups which we may call as Sankara or mixed group Sankara in Sanskrit means mixed varieties.
There are elements of three major racial groups: the Caucasoid, the Australoid, and the Mongoloid.
I remember seeing a display on the Four Races in a museum when I was little: Caucasoid, Negroid, Australoid, and Mongoloid.
Could it have been because the South American sites couldn't be easily identified as European-ish but might more likely have been Asiatic, Polynesian, or Australoid?
The traditional terms for these populations—Caucasoid or Caucasian, Mongoloid, Negroid, and in some systems Australoid—are now controversial in both technical and nontechnical usage, and in some cases they may well be considered offensive.
We are curious about the Australoid aborigines, the surviving stone-age men, who continue their nomadic existence in the interior of the Continent.
(This group includes two great divisions, the Negroid and Australoid.)
Negro stock was "mulatto" in the sense of being not widely differentiated from the dark, original Australoid stock.
South America must be peopled by tribes of an Australoid or Papuan type -- people who had got there directly from the west or south-west, not by people who had gradually drifted there from the north.
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