indigenous
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs/
  • (GA) enPR ĭn-dĭj′ə-nəs, IPA: /ɪnˈdɪdʒənəs/, /ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs/
Adjective

indigenous (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly, of living things) Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion. [from 17th c.]
    • 1862, Henry David Thoreau, "Wild Apples: The History of the Apple Tree":
      Not only the Indian, but many indigenous insects, birds, and quadrupeds, welcomed the apple-tree to these shores.
  2. Innate, inborn. [from 19th c.]
    • 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, ch. 18:
      She was a native and essential cook, as much as Aunt Chloe,—cooking being an indigenous talent of the African race.
    • 1883, George MacDonald, "Stephen Archer" in Stephen Archer and Other Tales:
      He had all the tricks of a newspaper boy indigenous in him.
  3. Of or relating to the native inhabitants of a land.
  4. Of or relating to a language, culture, or ethnic group that has not spread by colonization, or that has been on the receiving end of colonization.
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Indigenous
Adjective

indigenous (not comparable)

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