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Word of the Day 03/15/17 Indigenous

Indigenous (adjective)
indigenous [in-dij-uh-nuh s]

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.

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1. autochthonous, aboriginal, natural.

1. foreign, alien.

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

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