Definition of indigenous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈdɪdʒənəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdɪdʒənəs//
(formal) Conservation
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belonging to a particular place rather than coming to it from somewhere else synonym native the indigenous peoples/languages of the area indigenous to… The kangaroo is indigenous to Australia. See related entries: Conservation Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin indigena ‘a native’ + -ous.Extra examples examples of truly indigenous music Antarctica has no indigenous population. Guatemala has one of the highest percentages of indigenous peoples of any country in the Americas. Several indigenous African languages are used in the country. The reserve supports a wide range of indigenous species.
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