from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having existed in a region from the beginning: synonym: native.
  • adjective Of or relating to aborigines.
  • adjective Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia.
  • noun An aborigine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Existing from the origin or beginning; hence, first; original; primitive: as, aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of a country known to history.
  • Pertaining to aborigines; hence, primitive; simple; unsophisticated: as, aboriginal customs; aboriginal apathy.
  • In geology and botany, native; indigenous; autochthonous.
  • noun An original inhabitant; one of the people living in a country at the period of the earliest historical knowledge of it; an autochthon.
  • noun A species of animals or plants which originated within a given area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines.
  • noun An animal or a plant native to the region.
  • adjective First; original; indigenous; primitive; native.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to aborigines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia
  • adjective characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
  • noun a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived
  • adjective having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
  • noun an indigenous person who was born in a particular place


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