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See also: Aborigines and aborígines




From Latin Aborīginēs, possibly from ab orīgine (from the beginning)[1].



  1. plural of aborigine
  2. The original people of a location, originally Greek and Roman. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][2]
  3. Indigenous flora and fauna. [First attested in the late 17th century.][2]
  4. (historical) The inhabitants of a location before colonization by the Europeans occurred. [First attested in the early 18th century.][2]


  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 “aborigines” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 6.





  1. nominative plural of aborigō
  2. accusative plural of aborigō
  3. vocative plural of aborigō


  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “aborigines”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • aborigines in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • aborigines in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • aborigines in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly