adjective \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

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


adjective \in-ˈdij-ə-nəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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