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date: 27 October 2021

aboriginal, aborigines. 

Source:
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage
Author(s):
Jeremy ButterfieldJeremy Butterfield

Aborigines, the earlier of the two words, comes from the Latin ab orīgine, ‘from the beginning’, and initially referred to the native inhabitants of Latium. From the 16c. onwards it came to mean the original inhabitants of any country, and from the 18c. the ethnic groups living in a country before European colonists arrived. The singular form ... ...

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