one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
(initial capital letter). Also, Aboriginal. Also called Australian Aborigine. a member of the people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.
aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.
It was like the foot of an aborigine; undeformed, undeflected from nature’s lines by fashionable footgear.
Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
His dark, tawny skin, his blanket and features indicated that he was an aborigine.
The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
Given half a chance, he would undoubtedly have told the savage more about the latter’s habits than the aborigine himself knew.
Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
Just after the capture, an aborigine told his tribe that his death was at hand.
The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) John West
Myall: An aborigine living according to tradition; wild; any of several types of wattle trees (genus Acacia).
Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses A. B. Paterson
However, he thought grimly, there was this Australian aborigine.
Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
Many were in use among the Spanish half-castes on the ranch, and this aborigine grasped their meaning at once.
His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
Sal was not so black as the aborigine, and had been brought up on a mission station.
Settling Day Nat Gould
One aborigine had been wont to emphasize his after-dinner arguments with a toothpick brandished fiercely between thumb and finger.
Dawn O’Hara, The Girl Who Laughed Edna Ferber
He had scratched an aborigine, and to his surprise was finding indications of a man.
Where the Trail Divides Will Lillibridge
an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times
Also called Aboriginal. a member of the indigenous people who were living in Australia when European settlers arrived
any of the languages of this people See also Australian (sense 3)
1858, mistaken singular of aborigines (1540s; the correct singular is aboriginal), from Latin Aborigines “the first ancestors of the Romans; the first inhabitants” (especially of Latium), possibly a tribal name, or from ab origine, literally “from the beginning.” Extended 1789 to natives of other countries which Europeans have colonized. Australian slang shortening Abo attested from 1922.
- Australian alps
a mountain range in SE Australia. Highest peak, Mt. Kosciusko, 7328 feet (2234 meters). Historical Examples Once the Australian Alps had their tremendous peaks, and hills of unmelting ice. Switzerland Frank Fox It is sometimes called the Australian Alps, and some of the peaks are 7,000 feet high. Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin Mary F. […]
- Australian antarctic territory
an outlying territory of Australia located S of latitude 60°S. 2,360,000 sq. mi. (6,112,000 sq. km). noun the area of Antarctica, other than Adélie Land, that is claimed by Australia (claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty), lying south of latitude 60°S and between longitudes 45°E and 160°E
- Australian ballot
a ballot containing the names of all the candidates for public office, handed to the voter at the polling station to be marked in secret: so called because it originated in Australia.
- Australian bluebell creeper
an evergreen twining shrub, Sollya heterophylla, of western Australia, having nodding blue flowers in terminal clusters.