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indigenous

[ in-dij-uh-nuhs ]
/ ɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəs /
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adjective
originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada.
Indigenous. relating to or being a people who are the original, earliest known inhabitants of a region, or are their descendants: the Indigenous Maori of New Zealand;the Indigenous languages of the Americas.
innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.
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Origin of indigenous

First recorded in 1640–50; from Latin indigen(a) “native, original inhabitant” (indi-, by-form of in- in-2 (cf. indagate) + -gena, derivative from base of gignere “to bring into being”; cf. genital, genitor) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM indigenous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH indigenous

endogenous, indigenous
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British Dictionary definitions for indigenous

indigenous
/ (ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs) /

adjective (when postpositive, foll by to)
originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
innate (to); inherent (in)

Derived forms of indigenous

indigenously, 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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Scientific definitions for indigenous

indigenous
[ ĭn-dĭjə-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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