aborigine /abəˈrɪdʒɪniː/


I. noun

1. a person, animal, or plant that has been in a country or region from earliest times.
2. ( Aborigine) an aboriginal inhabitant of Australia.
– origin mid 19th cent.: back-formation from the 16th-cent. plural aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (in classical times referring to those of Italy and Greece), from the Latin phrase ab origine ‘from the beginning’. / usage: Both Aboriginal and Aborigine may be used as nouns referring to a member of an Australian Aboriginal people, but Aborigine is the commoner and is often preferred, especially in the plural.

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