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Definition of indigenous

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

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indigenously adverb
indigenousness noun

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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Francis called the Amazon synod in 2017 to focus attention on saving the rain forest and better ministering to its indigenous people. NBC News, "Pope Francis stops short of allowing married men to become priests in Amazon," 12 Feb. 2020 Espel and Gunnels will cook with amaranth, chia, kaniwa and quinoa - all of which are grains cultivated by the indigenous people of Latin America. Houston Chronicle, "Feb. 12-25: Workshops, Valentine’s Day events planned in northwest Houston area," 12 Feb. 2020 Since water is critically limited, indigenous people in the region are fearful that the level of water needed to produce lithium -- up to half a million gallons per ton -- may cut into that supply. Calum Trenaman, Stef Blendis And Nicki Shields, CNN, "Remote desert powering electric car revolution," 10 Feb. 2020 The court ruled that the government, which owns the existing pipeline, had carried out reasonable consultations with indigenous peoples. The Economist, "Politics this week," 6 Feb. 2020 The dolls, which depict 19th century indigenous peoples from the Great Plains and Great Basin regions, were created by Jamie Okuma, Rhonda Holy Bear and Growing Thunder family members. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "First Friday: 4 things not to miss on February's free downtown Phoenix art walk," 6 Feb. 2020 Any new process on a different site for a low- to intermediate-level radioactive waste repository will include engagement with indigenous peoples and interested municipalities, OPG officials said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Tribal vote nixes plans for radioactive waste storage underground near Lake Huron," 4 Feb. 2020 White says the coprostanol study provides an important example of indigenous people's resilience and persistence in the face of social upheaval and environmental challenges. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient poop reveals what happened after the fall of Cahokia," 29 Jan. 2020 Patricio was passionate about the resilience and experience of indigenous people and talked often of their ancestors and drew strength and inspiration from them, Francisco Patricio said. oregonlive, "Portland comic killed in crash wanted to change the world, brother says," 29 Jan. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indigenous

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


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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