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

1640–50; < Latin indigen(a) native, original inhabitant (indi-, by-form of in- in-2 (cf. indagate) + -gena, derivative from base of gignere to bring into being; cf. genital, genitor) + -ous

indigenously, adverb
indigenousness, indigenity [in-di-jen-i-tee] , noun
nonindigenous, adjective
unindigenous, adjective
unindigenously, adverb

endogenous, indigenous.

1. autochthonous, aboriginal, natural.

1. foreign, alien. Unabridged
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indigenous (ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs)
adj (when postpositive, foll by to)
1.  originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
2.  innate (to); inherent (in)
[C17: from Latin indigenus, from indigena indigene, from indi- in + gignere to beget]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, from L.L. indigenus "born in a country, native," from L. indigena "a native," lit. "in-born person," from Old L. indu "in, within" (earlier endo) + gen-, root of gignere (perf. genui) "beget," from PIE *gen- "produce."
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indigenous  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ĭn-dĭj'ə-nəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Native to a particular region or environment but occurring naturally in other places as well. The American black bear is indigenous to many different parts of North America. Compare alien, endemic.

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Example sentences
So did the introduction of non-native species that competed for resources with,
  and sometimes preyed on, indigenous birds.
In the distant past, scientists often ignored and even made fun of the
  knowledge of indigenous people.
They say that being indigenous doesn't grant a species special rights to
  inhabit an ecosystem.
But other researchers employ a different strategy, consulting indigenous people
  when possible.
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