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Definition of "indigenous" []

  • Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. See Synonyms at native. (adjective)
  • Intrinsic; innate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indigenous" in a sentence
  • "��Bob Smith�� puts the words ��indigenous�� in inverted commas, but the British Establishment supports the rights of plenty of other indigenous people without the need to use inverted commas."
  • "I use the term indigenous with care, as "indigenous" includes Muslims going back many generations."
  • "That's why U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon, in talking with journalists late last week, used the term "indigenous" four times to describe dissidents in Libya and elsewhere in the region."