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aborigine (ab" uh RIJ uh nee) (s) (noun), aborigines (ab" uh RIJ uh neez) (pl)
1. The original inhabitants of a geographical area: The Roman statesman and orator, Cicero, is believed to be the first person to use the term aborigine as it is known in its present sense.
2. A member of the indigenous or earliest known population of a region; a native: Many Australian aborigines still live primitive lives away from cities.
3. The native flora (plants) and fauna (animals) of a geographic area: A special species of poppy is among the aborigines native to the desert area.

Many of the aborigine plants of the region have medicinal properties.

4. Etymology: ab-, "from" + origine, "beginning, original" coming from the Aborigines, an Italian tribe from Latium whom the Latins were said to be descended; hence, "original inhabitants of a country".
A native people who were the earliest known inhabitants.
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(generally a reference to indigenous people in general; being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region: aboriginal forests, aboriginal rocks; of or relating to Aborigines or people of Australia)