Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Negrito

1. T. H. Huxley’s 1870 ethonym for the inhabitants of the island of Tasmania, which he considered to be distinct from the Australoids of mainland Australia.

2. a term subsequently applied to the pygmoid peoples of southeast Asia, especially when found in the Philippines and the coastal forests of Australia.

3. in more recent usage, any pygmoid people.

Cf. Negrillo.

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