[ in-dij-uh-nuhs ]
/ ɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəs /
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
in·dig·e·nous·ly, adverbin·dig·e·nous·ness, in·di·gen·i·ty [in-di-jen-i-tee] /ˌɪn dɪˈdʒɛn ɪ ti/, nounnon·in·dig·e·nous, adjectiveun·in·dig·e·nous, adjective
Can be confusedendogenous indigenous
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British Dictionary definitions for indigenity
/ (ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs) /
adjective (when postpositive, foll by to)
originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
innate (to); inherent (in)
Derived Formsindigenously, adverbindigenousness or indigenity (ˌɪndɪˈdʒɛnɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for indigenous
C17: from Latin indigenus, from indigena indigene, from indi- in + gignere to beget
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Science definitions for indigenity
[ ĭn-dĭj′ə-nəs ]
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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