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.
Historical Examples

I remember also the first time I ever saw the aborigines of our country.
Mind Amongst the Spindles Various

Then there were many and long battles and the aborigines were beaten many times.
Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis

It is one of the most important measures our Government could have adopted, as regards the Republic as well as the aborigines.
Native Races and the War Josephine Elizabeth Butler

The condition of our own Western tribes of aborigines is, in comparison, one of luxury.
Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou

It was undoubtedly full of eloquence characteristic of the aborigines.
Birds and All Nature, Vol. V, No. 4, April 1899 Various

You have to consider, first, who and what are the aborigines.
The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever

They were unquestionably American aborigines, and not immigrants from another continent.
Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology John D. Baldwin

Dyaks; or Dyak, aborigines of Borneo, and generally pronounced Dyah.
The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido Henry Keppel

This plant is native to America, was greatly prized by the aborigines, and even worshipped by some of them.
Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education

For several years reference to the aborigines is of rare occurrence.
The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) John West

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.
aborigines [(ab-uh-rij-uh-neez)]

The earliest known inhabitants of a region. The term is most often associated with the native hunting and gathering population of Australia, who preceded the arrival of white settlers. (See hunting and gathering societies.)

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