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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. Drew Angerer/Getty Images:

    As is the story of Puerto Rico, we are a people that are an amalgamation, we are no one thing. We are Black; we are indigenous; we are Spanish; we are European.

  2. Desi Small-Rodriguez:

    I think this shift that's happening nationally, where indigenous peoples are finally being recognized for their contribution to this free country of ours, could set a tone for even more influence from indigenous peoples in this country.

  3. Sonia Guajajara:

    They say that they have been authorized to occupy indigenous land, we are here to oppose mining, hydroelectric and agribusiness companies that destroy tribal communities and Mother Nature.

  4. Minister Bento Albuquerque:

    That legislative effort shall also include the regulation of the use of indigenous and other areas according to what the Brazilian federal constitution states.

  5. Anil Ambani:

    It will be powered by an indigenous developed network, hardware, and technology components.

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