adjective in·dig·e·nous \in-ˈdi-jə-nəs\

: produced, living, or existing naturally in a particular region or environment

Full Definition of INDIGENOUS

:  produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment <indigenous plants> <the indigenous culture>
:  innate, inborn
in·dig·e·nous·ly adverb
in·dig·e·nous·ness noun

Examples of INDIGENOUS

  1. There are several indigenous groups that still live in the area.
  2. <the culture of the indigenous people of that country>
  3. Viking invaders quickly subdued the indigenous population, known as the Picts. —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005


Late Latin indigenus, from Latin indigena, noun, native, from Old Latin indu, endo in, within + Latin gignere to beget — more at end-, kin
First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of INDIGENOUS

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it <native tribal customs>. indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere <maize is indigenous to America>. endemic implies being peculiar to a region <edelweiss is endemic in the Alps>. aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
Medical Dictionary


adjective in·dig·e·nous \in-ˈdij-ə-nəs\

Medical Definition of INDIGENOUS

:  having originated in and being produced, growing, or living naturally in a particular region or environment <a disease indigenous to the tropics> <colonization by small numbers of indigenous enteric bacteria—C. M. Kunin et al>
:  being inborn or innate <a type of behavior that is indigenous to human beings>
in·dig·e·nous·ly adverb


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