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Anthropology. a descriptive category including principally the Australian Aborigines and sometimes including Papuans, Melanesians, various small-statured peoples, as Negritos, of the Philippines, Malay Peninsula, and Andaman Islands, and some of the tribes of central and southern India.
pertaining to or having the characteristics of the Australoids.
Historical Examples

The Australoid seems on the whole not equipped for the effort.
The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie

This prevelence of body and face hair seems to conform to parts of Melanesia where it may be regarded as an Australoid element.
A Racial Study of the Fijians Norman E. Gabel

The Negritos appear to be derived from a mixture of the true Negro with the Australoid type.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7 Various

The primitive Negro stock was “mulatto” in the sense of being not widely differentiated from the dark, original Australoid stock.
The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois

It is also probable that the Australoid family extends into south Arabia and Egypt.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7 Various

denoting, relating to, or belonging to a supposed racial group that includes the native Australians and certain other peoples of southern Asia and the Pacific islands.
any member of this racial group


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