Definition of indigenous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs/


Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native: the indigenous peoples of Siberia coriander is indigenous to southern Europe
More example sentences
  • Similarly, the terms native or indigenous are often euphemisms for what used to be termed primitive.
  • Discrimination against indigenous pygmies and ethnic minorities is a problem.
  • Many Western readers deny that there are any such tales of indigenous African provenance.



Pronunciation: /ɪnˌdɪdʒɪˈneɪɪti/
Example sentences
  • The photographs in the film's opening point to a narrative theme of indigeneity.
  • In Australia, indigenous religion now forms a vital part of the construction of indigeneity.
  • It forgets that indigeneity has the political significance of establishing a distinct indigenous polity, political entity, nation, or sovereign.


Example sentences
  • The notion that democracy can't be imposed but has to grow indigenously easily becomes an excuse for doing nothing and hoping for the best.
  • Some products are indigenously grown and manufactured while others have to be imported.
  • Goods that are not indigenously produced are acquired from neighbouring tribes through barter exchange.


Example sentences
  • This key issue may soon demand as much anthropological discussion, research and problematising as indigenousness and the colour bar have in the past.
  • It's really a movement to revive the indigenousness and the thinking of indigenous Papua New Guineans in the whole process of development.
  • Yet indigenousness has acquired a moral aura, not only among those claiming such status, but among observers and scholars as well.


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

Words that rhyme with indigenous

fuliginous, oxygenous, polygynous, rubiginous, vertiginous

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