Adjective "indigenous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.
  1. 'coriander is indigenous to southern Europe'
  2. 'The indigenous Maoris took to the game as much as the Anglo-Saxon population.'
  3. 'His book opened many readers' eyes to the natural beauty of indigenous plants.'
  4. 'How has it got a name in the indigenous language if it is not an indigenous species?'
  5. 'Our lamb is from a breed of sheep indigenous to the fells around Kendal.'
  6. 'The tree is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, but will grow much further north.'
  7. 'Many Western readers deny that there are any such tales of indigenous African provenance.'
  8. 'Those who speak indigenous languages or wear traditional dress are styled Indians.'
  9. 'It uses mostly electric instruments, but draws heavily on indigenous styles and themes.'
  10. 'In some cases indigenous languages can be swamped by intrusive ones over a relatively short period of time.'
  11. 'Discrimination against indigenous pygmies and ethnic minorities is a problem.'


1. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.

2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.

More examples(as adjective)

"suratensises can be indigenous to places."

"somes can be indigenous to banks."

"populations can be indigenous as whites."

"gibbonses can be indigenous to places."

"frogs can be indigenous to people."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin indigena ‘a native’ (see indigene) + -ous.