Definition of Negrito in English:

Negrito

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Pronunciation: /nɪˈgriːtəʊ
 
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noun (plural Negritos)

  • A member of a black people of short stature native to the Austronesian region.
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    • Intermarriage with Austronesians, and the adoption of their technologies might have led the so-called Negritos to adopt Austronesian languages, but a substrate of vocabulary from the earlier languages remains in some of them.
    • The country's indigenous population includes the orang asli, which is commonly divided into the Negritos (a nomadic hunting people), the Senoi (an agrarian people), and the Jakun (an agrarian people).
    • Controversial Australian historian Keith Windschuttle recently published a definitive study on Australia's short-stature tribes, referred to variously as Pygmies, Negritos, Tasmanoids, and Barrineans.

Origin

Spanish, diminutive of negro 'black' (see Negro); compare with Negrillo.

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