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[ aw-struh-loid ]
/ ˈɔ strəˌlɔɪd /


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


pertaining to or having the characteristics of the Australoids.
Also Aus·tra·li·oid [aw-strey-lee-oid] /ɔˈstreɪ liˌɔɪd/.

Origin of Australoid

1860–65; variant of Australioid. See Australia, -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for australoid

  • It is also probable that the Australoid family extends into south Arabia and Egypt.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7|Various
  • This prevelence of body and face hair seems to conform to parts of Melanesia where it may be regarded as an Australoid element.

  • The Australoid seems on the whole not equipped for the effort.

    The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie

British Dictionary definitions for australoid


/ (ˈɒstrəˌlɔɪd) /


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.


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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