Simple Definition of indigenous
: produced, living, or existing naturally in a particular region or environment
Examples of indigenous
Viking invaders quickly subdued the indigenous population, known as the Picts. —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005
Unlike France, Italy relies on dozens of indigenous regional grape varieties for its prodigious range of wines. —Gerald Asher, Gourmet, September 2002
Though Gilded Age architecture was not indigenous to America, at least it was borrowed from belle epoque Europe, from which much of America's late-nineteenth-century culture evolved. —Robert D. Kaplan, An Empire Wilderness, 1988
There are several indigenous groups that still live in the area.
<the culture of the indigenous people of that country>
Synonym Discussion of indigenous
Medical Definition of indigenous
1: 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>
2: being inborn or innate <a type of behavior that is indigenous to human beings>
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