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Negroid

[nee-groid]
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adjective
  1. Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.
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noun
  1. Older Use: Usually Offensive. a member of such peoples.
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Origin of Negroid

First recorded in 1855–60; Negr(o) + -oid
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Examples from the Web for negroid

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  • It is, in short, a type resembling the Mongolian, or sometimes the Negroid.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • It is a bit of Africa, as Negroid in aspect as any district you are likely to visit in the South.

    Half a Man

    Mary White Ovington

  • This Negroid combination is more manifest in the interior and least in the east.

  • But let us allow the Negroid the benefit of the doubt and accord him the fullest credit.

    The Color Line

    William Benjamin Smith

  • What fields of employment, then, remain open to the Negroid?

    The Color Line

    William Benjamin Smith


British Dictionary definitions for negroid

Negroid

adjective
  1. denoting, relating to, or belonging to a darker-compexioned supposed racial group of mankind. This group includes the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara, their descendants elsewhere, and some Melanesian peoples
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noun
  1. a member of this racial group
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usage

The word Negroid and other words ending in -oid relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to refer to ethnicity, it is preferable to use the specific name of the people or peoples concerned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for negroid

adj.

1844, a hybrid, from Negro and Greek suffix -oeides "like, resembling" (see -oid). As a noun from 1859.

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