Indigenous In*dig"e*nous, a. [L. indigenus, indigena, fr. OL. indu (fr. in in) + the root of L. gignere to beget, bear. See {In}, and {Gender}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported. [1913 Webster]

Negroes were all transported from Africa and are not indigenous or proper natives of America. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

In America, cotton, being indigenous, is cheap. --Lion Playas. [1913 Webster]

2. Native; inherent; innate. [1913 Webster]

Joy and hope are emotions indigenous to the human mind. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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