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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Rights campaigners have also denounced violence against human rights defenders and indigenous groups. Jack Guy, CNN, "Why Hondurans are taking to the streets or leaving the country," 6 July 2019 The asylum officers say Mexico is too dangerous for Central American asylum seekers, particularly for women, for people who are gay, lesbian or transgender, and for indigenous minority groups. Anchorage Daily News, "Asylum officers say Trump policy threatens migrants’ lives, ask federal court to end it," 27 June 2019 In Sidhu’s exhibit, two tapestries Axes in Polyrhythm (2018) and Medicine for a Nightmare (2019) are displayed side by side, suggesting equal and parallel histories of Sikhs and indigenous peoples of Canada. Ali Kazimi, Quartz India, "A Canadian artist is keeping the embers of Sikh separatism alive with false equivalences," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, the four-day Garma Festival in Arnhem Land spotlights the culture of the Tolngu, one of Australia’s largest indigenous groups. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 Pangolins are eaten as bushmeat in western and central Africa and by some indigenous groups in South and Southeast Asia. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 Then there are the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia, whose traditional lifestyle revolves around herding and hunting reindeer. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "This Swedish Mining Town Is Sinking—So It's Being Moved," 11 June 2019 In a state where Mexican indigenous identity is often conflated with being Guatemalan, many Chiapas peasants fear that more checkpoints will mean more abuses, constrained mobility and possibly detention. Washington Post, "Adding troops at Mexico’s border with Guatemala won’t block migrants from coming to the U.S. Here’s why.," 19 June 2019 The girls suggest the idea of indigenous futuristic children of the forest, a superhero parable for brown girls everywhere. Dallas News, "West Dallas sculpture park provides an oasis in a rapidly changing neighborhood," 19 June 2019

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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

adjective

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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