Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Malay Or Malayan

1. ethonym for an indigenous people of Southeast Asia, a more Mongoloid subgroup that migrated to Indonesia after an initial Indonesian-Malay group. Aka Deutero-Malay, Malaysians, Malays.

2. one of the five often cited racial varieties recognized by Blumenbach (1790); the others were Ethiopian, American, Mongolian, and Caucasian.

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