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Australoid

[ aw-struh-loid ]
/ ˈɔ strəˌlɔɪd /
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noun

Anthropology. a descriptive category including principally the Australian Aboriginal peoples and sometimes including Papuans, Melanesians, various peoples, as Negritos, of the Philippines, Malay Peninsula, and Andaman Islands, and some of the tribes of central and southern India.

adjective

pertaining to or having the characteristics of the Australoids.

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Also Aus·tra·li·oid [aw-strey-lee-oid]. /ɔˈstreɪ liˌɔɪd/.

Origin of Australoid

First recorded in 1860–65; variant of Australioid.See Australia, -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for Australoid

Australoid
/ (ˈɒstrəˌlɔɪd) /

adjective

denoting, relating to, or belonging to a supposed racial group that includes the native Australians and certain other peoples of southern Asia and the Pacific islands.

noun

any member of this racial group
The word Australoid and other words ending in -oid and relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to mention the ethnicity of indigenous peoples from this region it is preferable to use a specific name, or a widely accepted term such as indigenous Australians or Aboriginal peoples
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