- ( UK, US ) IPA: /ɪnˈdɪdʒ.ɪ.nəs/, /ɪnˈdɪdʒ.ən.əs/
- ( chiefly of living things ) Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion. [from 17th c.]
- Innate, inborn. [from 19th c.]
- 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, ch. 18:
- 1883, George MacDonald, "Stephen Archer" in Stephen Archer and Other Tales:
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" .
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