- 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
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Related Wordsprimitive, homegrown, domestic, endemic, aboriginal, autochthonous, congenital, inbred, inherent, inherited, innate, natural, original, connate, chthonic, unacquired
Examples from the Web for indigenous
Seattle is one of the most recent, with its city council voting this year to adopt the indigenous version of the holiday.Keep the Holiday, Lose Columbus
October 13, 2014
Grown in the jungle by the indigenous Kichwa, guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a sacred leaf used in ceremonial rituals.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
The vine and the ceremony are deeply entwined with South American indigenous religions of the Amazon.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
Paris, it would appear, had been liberated solely by indigenous Frenchmen: citizens, irregulars, and soldiers.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?
August 24, 2014
The Social Realism and Muralist Movements from artists like Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco worked with indigenous crafts.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
The offspring of pride, and lust, and avarice, it is indigenous to the world.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Grandeur, however, like sentiment, is not indigenous to the hearth.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Tobacco is indigenous in Mexico, and derives its name from Tabaco in Yucatan.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
There is not the slightest doubt that the Cotton plant is indigenous to Peru.The Story of the Cotton Plant
There are no indigenous breeds of either cattle or sheep in this country.
- originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
- innate (to); inherent (in)
Word Origin and History for indigenous
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).
- 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.