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Negrito

[ni-gree-toh]
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noun, plural Ne·gri·tos, Ne·gri·toes.
  1. a member of any of various small-statured, indigenous peoples of Africa, the Philippines, the Malay Peninsula, the Andaman Islands, and southern India.

Origin of Negrito

1805–15; < Spanish negrito, equivalent to negr(o) black + -ito diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for negrito

Historical Examples

  • The average Negrito takes little pride in his dwelling place.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • When the Negrito feels a pain within him he pulls off a berry and eats it.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • The Negrito can not by any stretch of imagination be called a worker.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • In return for protection the Negrito had given him the land.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • The Negrito knows that the people of the lowlands for some reason have more food than he.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed


British Dictionary definitions for negrito

Negrito

noun plural -tos or -toes
  1. a member of any of various dwarfish Negroid peoples of SE Asia and Melanesia

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish, diminutive of negro black
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