Definition of Australoid in English:


Syllabification: Aus·tra·loid
Pronunciation: /ˈôstrəˌloid
often • offensive


  • Of or belonging to the division of humankind represented by Australian Aboriginal peoples.
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    • A strong case can be made out that the now ubiquitous straight or wavy-haired Australoid Aborigines weren't in fact Aboriginal, that is, first occupants.
    • People had reached New Guinea and Australia from Indonesia by at least 40,000 years ago; there they developed Australoid characteristics in isolation.
    • Skull types representing the Mediterranean, Mongoloid, Negroid and Australoid people represent the races of mankind.


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  • A person belonging to the Australian Aboriginal division of humankind.
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    • Even so, the coastal and inland Aborigines did not regard these smaller Australoids as their own kind.
    • The Australoids went to New Guinea, Australia, and Melanesia; the Mongoloids, through Micronesia and Polynesia.
    • Likewise the Australoids of Indonesia were wiped out by the ‘Austronesian’ peoples from Taiwan and the Phillipines who expanded throughout almost all of the Pacific Basin.


The term Australoid, together with other terms such as Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid, belong to the systems of human classification developed by 19th-century anthropologists and physiologists and relate to outdated notions of race that have largely been abandoned. Such terms are potentially offensive today and, when referring to native peoples of a particular region, it is preferable, e.g., to refer to ‘Australian Aborigines’ or to the names of specific peoples. See also Caucasian (usage) and Mongoloid.

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