Aborigines vs Aboriginal - What's the difference?

aborigines | aboriginal |


As nouns the difference between aborigines and aboriginal

is that aborigines is while aboriginal is an animal or plant native to a region .

As a adjective aboriginal is

first according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive
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aborigines

English

Noun

(head)
  • The original people of a location, originally Greek and Roman.
  • Indigenous flora and fauna.
  • (history) The inhabitants of a location before colonization by the Europeans occurred.
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    aboriginal

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.
  • * 1814 , , The Excursion , Longman et al. (publishers), [http://books.google.com/books?id=T18JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA277&dq=aboriginal page 277]:
  • Green in the Church-yard, beautiful and green; / / And mantled o'er with aboriginal turf / And everlasting flowers.
  • Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Synonyms

    * (indigenous to a place) native, indigenous, autochthonous, endemic, original, first, earliest, primitive, ancient, primordial, primeval

    Derived terms

    * aboriginality * aboriginally

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An animal or plant native to a region.
  • * Charles Darwin
  • It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Usage notes

    * Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence. * In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people. * See also the usage notes under Aboriginal .

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