indigenous

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adjective in·dig·e·nous \in-ˈdi-jə-nəs\

Definition of indigenous

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

  2. 2 :  innate, inborn

indigenously

adverb

indigenousness

noun

Examples of indigenous in a sentence

  1. Viking invaders quickly subdued the indigenous population, known as the Picts. —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005

  2. Unlike France, Italy relies on dozens of indigenous regional grape varieties for its prodigious range of wines. —Gerald Asher, Gourmet, September 2002

  3. 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

  4. There are several indigenous groups that still live in the area.

  5. <the culture of the indigenous people of that country>

Origin and Etymology of indigenous

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


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of indigenous

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 ancestors formerly occupying or inhabiting a particular region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

INDIGENOUS Defined for English Language Learners

indigenous

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adjective in·dig·e·nous \in-ˈdi-jə-nəs\

Definition of indigenous for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

indigenous

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adjective in·dig·e·nous \in-ˈdij-ə-nəs\

Medical Definition of indigenous

  1. 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. 2:  being inborn or innate <a type of behavior that is indigenous to human beings>

indigenously

adverb


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