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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: indigenus, from Latin indigena 'someone born in a place'

indigenous

adjective
     
in‧di‧ge‧nous formal
HB indigenous people or things have always been in the place where they are, rather than being brought there from somewhere else [= native]
indigenous to
Blueberries are indigenous to America.
the many indigenous cultures which existed in Siberia
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