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Aboriginal Tweet Definition of Aboriginal Like Definition of Aboriginal on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An aboriginal inhabitant of Australia.
  2. Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines.
     
Aborigine Tweet Definition of Aborigine Like Definition of Aborigine on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An individual aboriginal Australian.
     
aceramic Tweet Definition of aceramic Like Definition of aceramic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (archaeology) (of a culture, period or site) having no pottery (or no ceramic remains)
     
adat Tweet Definition of adat Like Definition of adat on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Malay English) traditional, Traditional Malay law.
     
afro Tweet Definition of afro Like Definition of afro on Facebook
noun 
  1. A hair style characterized by a tightly curled locks and a rounded shape.
     
agnate Tweet Definition of agnate Like Definition of agnate on Facebook
noun 
  1. a relative whose relation is traced only through male members of the family
::A great grandfather is an if he is your father"s father"s father.
  1. any paternal male relative
adjective 
  1. related to someone by male connections or on the paternal side of the family
     
agriology Tweet Definition of agriology Like Definition of agriology on Facebook
noun 
  1. The comparative study of primitive, illiterate or "savage" cultures.
     
anthropoid Tweet Definition of anthropoid Like Definition of anthropoid on Facebook
adjective 
  1. having characteristics of a human being, usually in terms of shape or appearance
  2. having characteristics of an ape
     
anthropologist Tweet Definition of anthropologist Like Definition of anthropologist on Facebook
noun 
  1. One who is versed in anthropology.
     
anthropology Tweet Definition of anthropology Like Definition of anthropology on Facebook
noun 
  1. the holistic scientific and social study of humanity
     
apotropaic Tweet Definition of apotropaic Like Definition of apotropaic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Intended to ward off evil.
     
apotropaism Tweet Definition of apotropaism Like Definition of apotropaism on Facebook
noun 
  1. The use of ritual or other magical means (including charms and/or incantations) to avert evil or bad luck.
     
assagai Tweet Definition of assagai Like Definition of assagai on Facebook
noun 
  1. (alternative spelling of, assegai)
     
assegai Tweet Definition of assegai Like Definition of assegai on Facebook
noun 
  1. A slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip, especially those used by Bantu peoples of Southern Africa.
  • 1922: A birdchief, bluestreaked and feathered in war panoply with his , striding through a crackling canebrake over beechmast and acorns. (Joyce, Ulysses)
    (wikipedia, Curtisia)
    1. The tree species Curtisia dentata, because its wood is traditionally used to made assegais.
verb 
  1. To spear with an assegai.
     
atlatl Tweet Definition of atlatl Like Definition of atlatl on Facebook
noun 
  1. A spear thrower; a wooden stick fitted with a thong or socket to steady the butt of a spear or dart and extend the arc of travel so it may reach farther
     
autochthon Tweet Definition of autochthon Like Definition of autochthon on Facebook
noun (pl2=autochthones)
  1. The earliest inhabitant of an area, an aboriginal.
  2. (geology) An autochthonous rock formation.
     
avunculate Tweet Definition of avunculate Like Definition of avunculate on Facebook
noun 
  1. the relationship between a man and his sister's children, generally her sons.
  1. (In certain tribal peoples, for example, the Korowai) refers to a special relationship between a man and a maternal uncle, and the mutual responsibilities between them.
     

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