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[in-dij-uh-nuh s] /ɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəs/

originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to):
the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.
innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to):
feelings indigenous to human beings.
adjective when postpositive, foll by to
originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
innate (to); inherent (in)

1640s, from Late Latin indigenus “born in a country, native,” from Latin indigena “sprung from the land,” as a noun, “a native,” literally “in-born,” or “born in (a place),” from Old Latin indu “in, within” (earlier endo) + *gene-, root of gignere (perf. genui) “beget,” from PIE *gen- “produce” (see genus).
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. Compare alien, endemic.


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