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 (ĭn′dĭ-jēn′, -jən) or in·di·gen (-jən, -jĕn′)
One that is native or indigenous to an area.

[French indigène, native, a native, from Latin indigena; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈɪndɪˌdʒiːn) or


an indigenous person, animal, or thing; native
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(ˈɪn dɪˌdʒin)

also in•di•gen


a person or thing that is indigenous or native.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Latin indigena a native]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indigene - an indigenous person who was born in a particular placeindigene - an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Levantine - (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
Mauritian - a native or inhabitant of Mauritius
Filipino - a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
Russian - a native or inhabitant of Russia
Seychellois - a native or inhabitant of Seychelles
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References in classic literature ?
que sais-je , the typical dinner of the indigene -- and while he was eating it he saw a young girl being driven away from the door in tears.
It might have been expected that the plants which have succeeded in becoming naturalised in any land would generally have been closely allied to the indigenes; for these are commonly looked at as specially created and adapted for their own country.
By considering the nature of the plants or animals which have struggled successfully with the indigenes of any country, and have there become naturalised, we can gain some crude idea in what manner some of the natives would have had to be modified, in order to have gained an advantage over the other natives; and we may, I think, at least safely infer that diversification of structure, amounting to new generic differences, would have been profitable to them.
The beneficiary, an indigene of Amagunze, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, added that his joy knew no bounds as the award would assist him to round off his studies in the university.
Mais meme si, dans la foulee, Donald Trump a propose a son homologue bresilien l'aide des Etats-Unis, ceci n'a point ete du gout du chef indigene Raoni Metuktire.
The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, refused to grant a request stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of an FCT indigene from his cabinet list.
Public opinion is being turned around on the belief that the cattle owner is depriving the indigene of his land.
Gravement malade, il envoie a la Conference Latino-Americaine des Partis Communistes (Montevideo, 1929) des Theses sur la question indigene qui seront rejetees par la Conference, suivant les propositions des porte-paroles de l'orthodoxie (stalinienne) comme l'Argentin Vittorio Codovilla.
Indigeneity is bureaucratized in Nigeria in the sense that the 776 local governments of the federation produce 'certificates of indigene' that identify the origin of their holders.
De meme ils s'identifiaient tous deux comme indigenes et ont imagine le role qu'ils devaient tenir dans cette position : se faire l'avocat des Crees et des Sogas aupres des autorites britanniques d'une part, et conseiller a leur propre peuple de suivre desormais une voie alternative, celle de la modernisation pensee comme assimilation de traits civilisationnels occidentaux sans renier totalement sa part indigene.
One term he defines well and uses repeatedly is indigene, which refers to colonial forces, whether in the colonies (and thus they are "indigenous"), or in the theaters of war (when they are certainly not "indigenous").