indigenous (adj.) 1640s, from L.L. indigenus "born in a country, native," from L. indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," lit. "in-born," or "born in (a place)," from Old L. indu "in, within" (earlier endo) + *gene-, root of gignere (perf. genui) "beget," from PIE *gen- "produce" (see GENUS (Cf. genus)).

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