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  1. 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.
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  1. 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

1860–65; variant of Australioid. See Australia, -oid
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Historical Examples of australoid

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

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • This prevelence of body and face hair seems to conform to parts of Melanesia where it may be regarded as an Australoid element.

  • The primitive Negro stock was "mulatto" in the sense of being not widely differentiated from the dark, original Australoid stock.

    The Negro

    W.E.B. Du Bois

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

  • The Negritos appear to be derived from a mixture of the true Negro with the Australoid type.

British Dictionary definitions for australoid


  1. 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.
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  1. any member of this racial group
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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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