indigenous

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Indigenous \In*dig"e*nous\, adjective [L. indigenus, indigena, fr. OL. indu (fr. in in) + the root of L. gignere to beget, bear. See {In}, and {Gender}.]

1. Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported.

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

In America, cotton, being indigenous, is cheap. --Lion Playas.

2. Native; inherent; innate.

Joy and hope are emotions indigenous to the human mind. --I. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

indigenous

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {autochthonal}, {autochthonic}, {autochthonous}, {endemic}, {indigenous}]


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