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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Jackson is widely vilified today among Native Americans for his role in forcibly removing indigenous people from their land, especially for the Trail of Tears. Russell Contreras, Fortune, "Donald Trump Is Not the First U.S. President to Be Called Racist," 30 July 2019 Often ignored in the telling of how the U.S. was settled and the role of explorer Christopher Columbus is how indigenous people suffered and were displaced, the resolutions states. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Board approves changing name of Columbus Park to Indigenous Peoples' Park," 25 July 2019 The end of colonialism was accompanied by evolving ideas about indigenous peoples. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Near ancient sandstone considered sacred to the indigenous peoples, Munro experienced a kind of revelation. CBS News, "American Wonders: California's glowing "Field of Light"," 23 July 2019 The forest managed itself, Padilla says, and indigenous people recognized that. AZCentral.com, "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019 However the issue of how to manage the forest and the indigenous peoples that live there has long been cause for debate in Brazil and on the international stage. Jack Guy, CNN, "Footage shows isolated Amazon tribe threatened by loggers," 23 July 2019 No other countries, and no Arctic indigenous peoples, were involved. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 The indigenous Kumeyaay people who lived in present-day San Diego County for thousands of years recorded the event by carving an image of the ship into the rock. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 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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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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