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Australoid

Syllabification: Aus·tra·loid
Pronunciation: /ˈôstrəˌloid
 
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dated or offensive

Definition of Australoid in English:

adjective

Of or belonging to the division of humankind represented by Australian Aboriginal peoples.
Example sentences
  • 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.

noun

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A person belonging to the Australian Aboriginal division of humankind.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Usage

The term Australoid belongs to a set of terms introduced by 19th-century anthropologists attempting to categorize human races. Such terms are associated with outdated notions of racial types and so are now potentially offensive and best avoided. See Mongoloid (usage).

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