ETYM Latin indigenus, indigena, from ol. indu (fr. in in) + the root of Latin gignere to beget, bear. Related to In, and Gender.
1. Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported.
2. Native; inherent; innate.
Native; aboriginal; inherent.
The people, animals, and plants that are native to a region. Examples of indigenous peoples include Africans, Australian Aborigines, the Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. A World Council of Indigenous Peoples is based in Canada.