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indigenous

[in-dij-uh-nuh s] /ɪnˈdɪdʒ ə nəs/
adjective
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.
Origin
1640-1650
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
Related forms
indigenously, adverb
indigenousness, indigenity
[in-di-jen-i-tee] /ˌɪn dɪˈdʒɛn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonindigenous, adjective
unindigenous, adjective
unindigenously, adverb
Can be confused
endogenous, indigenous.
Synonyms
1. autochthonous, aboriginal, natural.
Antonyms
1. foreign, alien.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-indigenous

indigenous

/ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs/
adjective when postpositive, foll by to
1.
originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native
2.
innate (to); inherent (in)
Derived Forms
indigenously, adverb
indigenousness, indigenity (ˌɪndɪˈdʒɛnɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin indigenus, from indigena indigene, from indi- in + gignere to beget
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Word Origin and History for non-indigenous

indigenous

adj.

1640s, from Late Latin indigenus "born in a country, native," from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born," or "born in (a place)," from Old Latin indu "in, within" (earlier endo) + *gene-, root of gignere (perf. genui) "beget," from PIE *gen- "produce" (see genus).

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non-indigenous in Science
indigenous
  (ĭn-dĭj'ə-nəs)   
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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