Aboriginal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aboriginal having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state "aboriginal forests","primal eras before the appearance of life on earth","the forest primeval","primordial matter","primordial forms of life"
    • adj aboriginal characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning "native Americans","the aboriginal peoples of Australia"
    • adj Aboriginal of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia "an Aboriginal rite"
    • n aboriginal an indigenous person who was born in a particular place "the art of the natives of the northwest coast","the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
    • n Aboriginal a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word for "dog" in the Australian aboriginal language Mbabaran happens to be "dog."
    • Aboriginal An animal or a plant native to the region. "It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands."
    • Aboriginal An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines.
    • Aboriginal First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America. "Mantled o'er with aboriginal turf."
    • Aboriginal Of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindu of aboriginal blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Koala is Aboriginal for "no drink".
    • aboriginal Existing from the origin or beginning; hence, first; original; primitive: as, aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of a country known to history.
    • aboriginal Pertaining to aborigines; hence, primitive; simple; unsophisticated: as, aboriginal customs; aboriginal apathy.
    • aboriginal In geology and botany, native; indigenous; autochthonous. Synonyms Indigenous, etc. See original. See also primary.
    • n aboriginal An original inhabitant; one of the people living in a country at the period of the earliest historical knowledge of it; an autochthon.
    • n aboriginal A species of animals or plants which originated within a given area.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Aboriginal ab-o-rij′in-al first, primitive, indigenous
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Quotations

  • Stanley Garn
    Stanley Garn
    “If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.”
  • William M. Evarts
    William M. Evarts
    “The pious ones of Plymouth who, reaching the Rock, first fell upon their own knees and then upon the aborigines.”
  • American Saying
    American Saying
    “The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell on their knees; then they fell upon the aborigines.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Aborigines

Usage

In literature:

The rite, when practised by Hindoos, may have been borrowed from some of the aboriginal races.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
In short, the Mikado tribe or Yamato clan did, in reality, capture the aboriginal religion, and turn it into a great political machine.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
It is a school for the education and civilization of the aborigines of the country.
"Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land" by William Charles Wentworth
ABORIGINES, THEIR HABITS AND MANNERS.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Extracted from the Reports of the Aboriginal Protection Society.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Aboriginals: Charlie, Jemmy, Fisherman and Jackey.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
This blackfellow's face was made up of hollows and protuberances ugly beyond all aboriginal ugliness.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
Indeed, the facts of aboriginal life seem to indicate that dress is developed out of decorations.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
They appear to reject nearly all Hindu observances and to worship aboriginal deities as well as Krishna.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Under all this running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb and flow with perfect balance, lies the aboriginal abyss of real Being.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In poetry:

Revered as one among the trees
To mark the seasons born,
To watchful aborigines
It told by leafy indices
The time of planting corn.
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
And was a trembling prayer soft whispered,
A father's song sung over thee--
When from the parent stem dis-severed
By some poor aborigine?
"The Palm Branch Of Palestine" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Your aboriginality
Deep, unexplained,
Like a Red Indian darkly unfinished and aloof,
Seems like the black and glossy seeds of countless
centuries.
"Turkey-Cock" by D H Lawrence
I dream of aborigines,
Who must have copied from the trees
The fashions of the day:
Those gorgeous topknots for the head,
Of yellow tufts and feathers red,
With beads and sinews gay.
"Autumn-Time" by Hattie Howard
He dotes on aborigines
Who lived in caves and hollow trees,
And barters for their trinkets rare;
Exchanging with those dusky breeds
For arrow-heads and shells and beads
A scalplock of his hair.
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard
On my way a moment I pause;
Here for you! and here for America!
Still the Present I raise aloft—Still the Future of The States I
harbinge, glad and sublime;
And for the Past, I pronounce what the air holds of the red
aborigines.
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Named by the aboriginals, the shy, nocturnal marsupial, which doesn't appear on the Australian mainland, was once found in every part of "Tassie".
After a verbal gaffe where he insulted Prince William's thinning crown stirred the ire of Brits, the Biebs has ticked off an aboriginal group.
The rock outcroppings of the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia are painted, pecked, and engraved with vestiges of aboriginal art.
For Australian Aborigines, the Health Problems of Westernization .
Canada's aboriginal rights activists stressed peace as the watchword for Winnipeg supporters who tuned into Twitter calls and turned out for a rally at noon.
B.C.-based writer Richard Van Camp successfully melds aboriginal traditions with a fictional contemporary North in his new short-story collection.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan holds a news conference to discuss support for the First Nations Financial Transparency Act in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand.
Lungah and four other Atayal Aboriginal children were in the forest, gathering dried wood and learning some basic survival tips from her father.
Before his retirement next week, Metis-born Sen Gerry St Germain will introduce a bill on aboriginal self-government.
6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show in Halifax .
There is deer meat cooking on the stove and fresh flatbread on the table in the home of Farron Cochrane, unquestionably one of the elders of aboriginal hockey in Manitoba.
Before fighting US boxer Marcus Browne, Damien Hooper 's ring attire included a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Aboriginal flag.
Human Rights Act can finally live up to its name with inclusion of aboriginal people.
Aboriginal people have only recently been able to use the Canadian Human Rights Act to file discrimination complaints.
The parents of an aboriginal girl found murdered last week in Kamloops, B.C.
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