indigenous

adjective
in·​dig·​e·​nous | \ in-ˈdi-jə-nəs How to pronounce indigenous (audio) \

Definition of indigenous

1 : produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment indigenous plants the indigenous culture
2 : innate, inborn

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Other Words from indigenous

indigenously adverb
indigenousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for indigenous

Synonyms

aboriginal, autochthonous, born, domestic, endemic, native

Antonyms

nonindigenous, nonnative

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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 that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere. indigenous plants endemic implies being peculiar to a region. a disease endemic in Africa aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular region. the aboriginal peoples of Australia

Examples of indigenous in a Sentence

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
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For the first time in a study of this size, the UN sought out indigenous voices to speak to local concerns on biodiversity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Our Planet Just Got a Health Check, and the Diagnosis Is Grim," 6 May 2019 During the war, more than 200,000 people—mostly indigenous—were killed. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 Five Awá families from Posto Awá, an outpost created by the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs agency, set out on an overnight excursion into the forest. Fox News, "Inside the Amazon’s ‘world’s most endangered tribe’ who bathes with turtles and and eats armadillos," 1 Oct. 2018 Vogueworld Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft Beadwork is a pillar of indigenous design. Vogue, "Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft," 24 Apr. 2019 In 2015, Pope Francis apologized in Bolivia for crimes of the Roman Catholic Church against indigenous people during the conquest of the Americas. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Mexico president asks Spain, Pope to apologize for conquest," 25 Mar. 2019 Several indigenous tribes of North America carry long traditions of tattooing—English explorers were noting tattoos as early as the 1500s. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The United States' Oldest Tattoo Needle Is an Inked-Up Cactus Spine," 28 Feb. 2019 Pierre Gedeon suggests an itinerary with a few nights first in Panama City (for the Casco Antiguo, the Biomuseo, the canal) and then the highlands (coffee plantation, hiking, indigenous tribes). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Members of indigenous tribes, who largely vote Democrat, don’t have a typical residential address and rely on PO boxes instead. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown," 3 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of indigenous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indigenous

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

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indigenous

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English Language Learners Definition of indigenous

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

indigenous

adjective
in·​dig·​e·​nous | \ in-ˈdij-ə-nəs How to pronounce indigenous (audio) \

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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