non-native

adjective non-na·tive \ ˌnän-ˈnā-tiv \
variants: or nonnative

Definition of non-native

: not native: such as
a of a plant or animal : living or growing in a place that is not the location of its natural occurrence
  • a non-native fish species
  • … overgrazing causes grasslands to give way to sagebrush, mesquite and non-native exotic grasses, environmentalists contend.
  • —Doug McInnis
b : not born or raised in the place where a particular language is spoken
  • non-native inhabitants
  • a nonnative speaker of English [=a person who speaks English but whose native language is not English]

non-native

or nonnative noun, plural non-natives or nonnatives
    • popular among both natives and non-natives

First Known Use of non-native

1845

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