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ɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəsin·dige·nous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, indigenousadjective

    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. indigenousadjective

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

  2. indigenousadjective

    Innate, inborn.

  3. Etymology: 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".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indigenousadjective

    Native to a country; originally produced or born in a region.

    Etymology: indigene, Fr. indigena, Latin.

    Negroes were all transported from Africa, and are not indigenous or proper natives of America. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    It is wonderful to observe one creature, that is, mankind, indigenous to so many different climates. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indigenousadjective

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

  2. Indigenousadjective

    native; inherent; innate

  3. Etymology: [L. indigenus, indigena, fr. OL. indu (fr. in in) + the root of L. gignere to beget, bear. See In, and Gender.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indigenous

    in-dij′en-us, adj. native born or originating in: produced naturally in a country.—adj. and n. In′digene.—adv. Indig′enously. [L. indigena, a native—indu, or in, and gen-, root of gignĕre, to produce.]

Editors Contribution

  1. indigenous

    A person native to a specific country, nation or location.

    The indigenous population in Australia have a definitive way of living.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 1, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Indigenous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Indigenous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Indigenous in a Sentence

  1. Wilfredo Moncano:

    There is a need to correct historical injustices because ordinary people, especially indigenous people, should also benefit from the mineral resources of the country, not only big businesses.

  2. Kim Janey:

    Here, we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston City or disproportionally impact BIPOC( Black, Indigenous and people of color) communities.

  3. Prime Minister Scott Morrison:

    There are parts of this country that it would not be wise for people to visit, just as it is important for people to not visit aged care facilities in large numbers, it is also important they're not visiting remote indigenous communities or remote parts of the country.

  4. Ken Coates:

    The greatest hope the government can have is they neutralize this topic. Imagine if a multinational gets ownership of the pipeline, or an indigenous consortium. The indigenous (option) is way less provocative.

  5. Carolyn Bennett:

    I urge all Canadians to take time today to honour the Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people who are missing or have been murdered, we offer support to the families and communities who bear the grief of their loss and to the survivors whose lives have been forever changed.

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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • A. accident
    • B. scrutiny
    • C. abdomen
    • D. humility

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