Aboriginal \Ab`o*rig"i*nal\, a. [See Aborigines.]
1. First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America. "Mantled o'er with aboriginal turf." --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]
2. Of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindu of aboriginal blood. [1913 Webster]
Aboriginal \Ab`o*rig"i*nal\, n.
1. An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines. [1913 Webster]
2. An animal or a plant native to the region. [1913 Webster]
It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]
1: of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia; "an Aboriginal rite"
2: characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia" [syn: native, aboriginal] [ant: nonnative]
3: 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" [syn: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial]
1: a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived [syn: Aborigine, Abo, Aboriginal, native Australian, Australian Aborigine]
2: 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" [syn: native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginal]
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