non-native

adjective
non-na·​tive | \ ˌnän-ˈnā-tiv How to pronounce non-native (audio) \
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]

Other Words from non-native

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

First Known Use of non-native

1845, in the meaning defined above

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non-native

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of non-native

of an animal or plant : living or growing in a place that is not the region where it naturally lives and grows
: not born or raised in the place where a particular language is spoken

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