Indigenous meaning

ĭn-dĭjə-nəs
The definition of indigenous is something or someone who is native to an area or who naturally belongs there.

An example of indigenous are the Native Americans of the United States.

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Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region.
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Innate; inherent; inborn.
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Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region.
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(chiefly of living things) Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion. [from 17th c.]
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Existing, growing, or produced naturally in a region or country; native.

Indigenous plant, indigenous to Florida.

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Native to a particular region or environment but occurring naturally in other places as well. The American black bear is indigenous to many different parts of North America.
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Innate, inborn. [from 19th c.]
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Origin of indigenous

  • From Latin indigena a native indigen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin indigenus (“native, born in a country”), from indi- (indu-), an old derivative of in (“in”), gen- the root of gignō (“give birth to”), and English -ous. Compare indigene and ancient Greek ἐνδογενής (endogenēs), "endogenous".

    From Wiktionary