One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as plural A collective term for the indigenous peoples of Malaysia.
- ‘The Orang Asli, numbering nearly 100,000 people, are made up of over 18 ethnolinguistic groups living in Malaysia.’
- ‘The Orang Asli, nevertheless, are not a homogeneous group.’
Malay, from orang ‘person’ and as(a)li ‘of ancient origin’ (from asal ‘source or origin’).
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