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indigenous adj : originating where it is found; "the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo"; "autochthonous rocks and people and folktales"; "endemic folkways"; "the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan" [syn: autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic]

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From indigenus, from indi- (indu-), an old derivative of in, |gen- the root of gignere, and English -ous. English since the 17th century, obsolete is indigene, from the same Latin word, via French indigène.


  1. born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion, especially of plants and indigenous peoples.
  2. figuratively, innate


born or engendered in, native to a land or region
figuratively, innate

Extensive Definition

Indigenous may refer to:
indigenous in Afrikaans: Inheems

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