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o·ri·en·tal / ˌôrēˈentl/ (also O·ri·en·tal) • adj. 1. of, from, or characteristic of the Far East: oriental countries. ∎ dated of, from, or characteristic of the countries of Asia. ∎  (Oriental) Zool. of, relating to, or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising Asia south of the Himalayas and Indonesia west of Wallace's line. Distinctive animals include pandas, gibbons, tree shrews, tarsiers, and moonrats.2. (of a pearl or other jewel) orient.• n. (Oriental) dated, often offens. a person of Far Eastern descent.DERIVATIVES: o·ri·en·tal·ize / -īz/ v.o·ri·en·tal·ly adv.

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