One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the division of humankind represented by Tasmanian Aboriginal people.‘the Tasmanoid culture also possessed simpler weapons’
A member of the division of humankind represented by Tasmanian Aboriginal people.‘the present writer believes that the Tasmanoids entered Australia from New Guinea’
The term Tasmanoid belongs to a set of terms introduced by 19th-century anthropologists attempting to categorize human races. Such terms are associated with outdated notions of racial types, and so are now potentially offensive and best avoided. See Mongoloid
1920s: from an abbreviation of Tasmania + -oid.
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