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[in-di-jeen] /ˈɪn dɪˌdʒin/
a person or thing that is indigenous or native; native; autochthon.
Also, indigen
[in-di-juh n] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of indigene
1590-1600; < Middle French < Latin indigena a native. See indigenous Unabridged
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  • Every indigene learns by hard experience to be courteous to a French soldier.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • The arguments for regarding this genus as an indigene of the 141 East are not strong.

    Earthworms and their Allies Frank E. Beddard
British Dictionary definitions for indigene


an indigenous person, animal, or thing; native
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Word Origin and History for indigene

1590s (adj.); 1660s (n.); from French indigène (16c.), from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born" (see indigenous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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