indigenous [in- dij- uh-n uh s] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings. Origin of indigenous 1640–50;
) native, original inhabitant (
in- in- 2
derivative from base of
to bring into being; cf.
-ous Related forms in·dig·e·nous·ly, adverb in·dig·e·nous·ness, in·di·gen·i·ty , [in-di- jen-i-tee] /ˌɪn dɪˈdʒɛn ɪ ti/ noun non·in·dig·e·nous, adjective un·in·dig·e·nous, adjective un·in·dig·e·nous·ly, adverb Antonyms 1. foreign, alien.
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Examples from the Web for non-indigenous British Dictionary definitions for non-indigenous adjective (when postpositive, ) foll by to originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native innate (to); inherent (in) Derived Forms indigenously, adverb indigenousness or indigenity ( ˌɪndɪˈdʒɛnɪtɪ), noun Word Origin
C17: from Latin
indigenus, from indigena indigene, from indi- in + gignere to beget
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Word Origin and History for non-indigenous indigenous adj.
1640s, from Late Latin
indigenus "born in a country, native," from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born," or "born in (a place)," from Old Latin indu "in, within" (earlier endo) + *gene-, root of gignere (perf. genui) "beget," from PIE *gen- "produce" (see genus).
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non-indigenous in Science Native to a particular region or environment but occurring naturally in other places as well. The American black bear is indigenous to many different parts of North America. Compare alien endemic.
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