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Orang Asli

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Pronunciation: /ˌɒrəŋ ˈazli
 
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Definition of Orang Asli in English:

noun

[treated as plural]
A collective term for the indigenous peoples of Malaysia.
Example sentences
  • The Orang Asli, nevertheless, are not a homogeneous group.
  • The Orang Asli, numbering nearly 100,000 people, are made up of over 18 ethnolinguistic groups living in Malaysia.

Origin

Malay, from orang 'person' and as(a)li 'of ancient origin' (from asal 'source or origin').

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