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Meaning of indigenous by Wiktionary Dictionary

indigenous


    Etymology

    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" .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ɪnˈdɪdʒ.ɪ.nəs/, /ɪnˈdɪdʒ.ən.əs/

    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.]
    2. Innate, inborn. [from 19th c.]

    Synonyms

    • ( born or engendered in ): aboriginal, autochthonous, native


Explanation of indigenous by Wordnet Dictionary

indigenous


    Adjective
    1. originating where it is found

    2. the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan