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Aboriginal

1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the native peoples of Australia
2. another word for an Australian Aborigine
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Blyth, on the habits, voice, and constitution, &c., of the humped Indian cattle, that these had descended from a different aboriginal stock from our European cattle; and several competent judges believe that these latter have had more than one wild parent.
The doctrine of the origin of our several domestic races from several aboriginal stocks, has been carried to an absurd extreme by some authors.
If the several breeds are not varieties, and have not proceeded from the rock-pigeon, they must have descended from at least seven or eight aboriginal stocks; for it is impossible to make the present domestic breeds by the crossing of any lesser number: how, for instance, could a pouter be produced by crossing two breeds unless one of the parent-stocks possessed the characteristic enormous crop?
Mauritius offers an apparent exception, where I saw the Rana Mascariensis in abundance: this frog is said now to inhabit the Seychelles, Madagascar, and Bourbon; but on the other hand, Du Bois, in his voyage in 1669, states that there were no reptiles in Bourbon except tortoises; and the Officier du Roi asserts that before 1768 it had been attempted, without success, to introduce frogs into Mauritius -- I presume for the purpose of eating: hence it may be well doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
There can be little doubt that this tortoise is an aboriginal inhabitant of the Galapagos; for it is found on all, or nearly all, the islands, even on some of the smaller ones where there is no water; had it been an imported species, this would hardly have been the case in a group which has been so little frequented.
That famous aboriginal push propagates itself through all the balls of the system, and through every atom of every ball; through all the races of creatures, and through the history and performances of every individual.
The data suggest that the great majority of the victims were almost certainly killed by fellow Aboriginals, either male or female, a fact that tends to be downplayed or denied by most of those people who demand an inquiry.
Downtown Edmonton organizations have combined forces to make the transition to the city's capital easier for Aboriginals.
It banished not only the potlatch ceremonies by which Aboriginals shared community wealth, but under new rules laid out it allocated rights over reserve affairs to male Indians.
The study, using data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, compared Aboriginals living off-reserve with the non-Aboriginal population in Ontario and the western provinces.
Public Safety Minister, Stockwell Day, immediately responded to the report with a denial that discriminates against aboriginals. "I visited personally a number of federal institutions and have spent time with aboriginals themselves individually and in groups in the institutions," he said in the House of Commons.