V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: naturally living in a place or country without having moved there--originating there

Synonyms: native, local, natural, original, endemic

Antonyms: foreign, alien

Tips: Indigenous is derived from the Latin indigena, which literally means "born in." Indigenous people are natives, born in the land where they live. Indigenous can also be used to describe plants and animals.

Usage Examples:

The nursery only sold plants that were indigenous to California. (native)

Most of the indigenous people of the country survived the drought. (native)

Most large zoos house animals, like lions and zebras, which are indigenous to Africa. (native, local)

I'm looking forward to our trip to Costa Rica, where we will see many plants and animals indigenous to that country. (native, original, natural)

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