in·di·gene (ĭndĭ-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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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