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indigenous (adj) (of plant and animal species) native to a place.

An indigent species of plant or animal is native to a place. A plant indigenous to a country has always grown in the country, as different from a plant brought from outside and cultivated in the country. For example the rose is not native to India, but brought from Persia (now Iran) and naturalized in India. So it is not indigenous to India, whereas the jasmine is. The tiger and the elephant are indigenous to Asia and Africa. That is, they have grown or lived in these continents.

  • The elephant is indigenous to Asia and Africa. They are the climates in which the species can be comfortable.
  • Coffee and tea were not indigent to India. The plants were brought from Arabia by the British and cultivated in India.
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