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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The Roma actress made history at Sunday's Oscars; Aparicio is the first indigenous woman to be nominated for an Oscar. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "So Many Celebrities Brought Their Moms as Their Date to the Oscars," 26 Feb. 2019 Aparicio puts in a brilliant performance as an indigenous woman who works as a maid, Cleo, for a family in Mexico. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' About? The Oscar-Nominated Film Is a Runaway Success," 23 Feb. 2019 For indigenous women, things have been horribly and criminally bad for a long time. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Some Australian mitochondrial lineages are confined to specific regions of Australia, while others are spread out across the continent, thanks to how indigenous women moved around in Australia’s distant past. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 The 31-year-old mother of four is the most recent indigenous woman to have gone missing near the Yakama Reservation. Lauren Frohne, The Seattle Times, "Family of missing indigenous woman demands answers in Wapato," 28 Nov. 2018 And Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples across the globe who have seen their lands overrun by outside settlers. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 In Season 4, Jamie and Claire witness a lot of painful moments in American history that Claire is already very familiar with: slavery, the treatment of indigenous peoples, the impending Revolution. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sam Heughan on What the Outlander Finale Means for Season 5: "It's Going to Be Tough"," 28 Jan. 2019 The government also created the National Corporation for Indigenous Development, which addresses issues related to Chile's indigenous people. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved," 16 Jan. 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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The first known use of indigenous was in 1646

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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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