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Blackfella (also blackfellah, black fella, or black fellah) is an informal term used in Australian English to refer to Indigenous Australians. It is a concatenation of the words "black" and "fellow", referring to their dark skin (colloquially called "black" worldwide, as a result of the high melanin content of their skin producing a dark hue that, in some cases, resembles the colour black) and their generally accepted status as fellows. A common misconception is that the term derives from the events that took place leading up to the decline of Indigenous Australians, or when the "blacks" literally "fell".[citation needed]

It is generally considered to be a neutral term[citation needed], and is used by both white and black Australians.

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