from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. See Synonyms at native.
- adj. Intrinsic; innate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported.
- adj. Native; inherent; innate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Born or originating in a particular place or country; produced naturally in a country or climate; native; not exotic.
- Figuratively, innate; inherent; intrinsic.
- Synonyms Native, etc. See original, a.
- In geology, noting a rock or a mineral which has originated as such in the place where it is found, such as granite or basalt in situ. A glacial boulder brought from a distance is exotic or erratic.
- In physiography, noting a stream which developed originally in its present surroundings: it is a consequent one in most cases.
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- adj. originating where it is found
From Latin indigena, a native; see indigen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin indigenus ("native, born in a country"), from indi- (indu-), an old derivative of in ("in"), gen- the root of gignō ("give birth to"), and English -ous. Compare indigene and ancient Greek ἐνδογενής (endogenēs), "endogenous". (Wiktionary)