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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•dig•e•nousɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəs(adj.)

  1. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often fol. by to):

    plants indigenous to Canada; indigenous peoples of southern Africa.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. innate; inherent; natural (usu. fol. by to):

    feelings indigenous to humans.

Origin of indigenous:

1640–50; < L indigen(a) native, original inhabitant (indi-, by-form of in-in -2+-gena, der. from base of gignere to bring into being; cf. genital , progenitor ) + -ous

in•dig′e•nous•ness-ˈdʒɛn ɪ ti(n.)

in`di•gen′i•ty-ˈdʒɛn ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, 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"


  1. indigenous(Adjective)

    Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion.

  2. indigenous(Adjective)

    Innate, inborn.

  3. Origin: From indigenus, from indi- (indu-), an old derivative of in, the root of gigno, and English -ous. Compare indigene and ancient Greek ἐνδογενής (endogenēs), "endogenous".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indigenous(adj)

    native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported

  2. Indigenous(adj)

    native; inherent; innate


  1. Indigenous

    Indigenous is an American blues-rock group that came to prominence in the late 1990s. The band originally consisted of two brothers, Mato Nanji, Pte, along with their sister, Wanbdi, and their cousin, Horse. Their music is heavily influenced by guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. Mato Nanji's style and skill has drawn comparisons to each of these guitarists. The band has also shared the stage with artists of varying musical genres such as B.B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys. The band has headlined its own tours several times. The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota's Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 1960s and '70s, Zephier provided his children with records from blues musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, and taught them to play their respective instruments. The family started touring together, and soon the children were performing on their own.

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