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[blak-fel-oh] /ˈblækˌfɛl oʊ/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to an Aborigine of Australia.
Also, blackfella [blak-fel-uh] /ˈblækˌfɛl ə/ (Show IPA).
Origin of blackfellow
First recorded in 1730-40; black + fellow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Only got 'em one yarramen," said the blackfellow nonchalantly.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • Then, continuing our ride, we reached the blackfellow's Cave about mid-day.

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby
  • "It's a blackfellow's word, meaning stomach," said the old lady.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • "Master said I take him Yarraman along-a-paddock," whined the blackfellow.

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    Thorvald Weitemeyer
  • She had not seen any like the acting blackfellow at her cottage home.

    Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel C. Pedley
  • I told him blackfellow always die when he got spear wound in there (the back).

  • The blackfellow who had led them out with such confidence made some significant admissions as they proceeded on the journey.

  • Then, like a flash, the memory of my ride to the blackfellow's Well—part of the very route we were now pursuing—rose before me.

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby
  • Then in a flash came back the memory of that gruesome ride to the blackfellow's Well.

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby
  • Tired as the horses were, Potter took Sandy's advice, and the two started at sunset, the blackfellow leading.

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