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indigene

[in-di-jeen] /ˈɪn dɪˌdʒin/
noun
1.
a person or thing that is indigenous or native; native; autochthon.
Also, indigen
[in-di-juh n] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of indigene
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Latin indigena a native. See indigenous
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  • The arguments for regarding this genus as an indigene of the 141 East are not strong.

    Earthworms and their Allies Frank E. Beddard
  • Every indigene learns by hard experience to be courteous to a French soldier.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
British Dictionary definitions for indigene

indigene

/ˈɪndɪˌdʒiːn/
noun
1.
an indigenous person, animal, or thing; native
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Word Origin and History for indigene

1590s (adj.); 1660s (n.); from French indigène (16c.), from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born" (see indigenous).

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