From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
The adjective "indigenous" is used in slightly different, but related, ways depending on one's field of study:
- In biology, an indigenous species is one that originates in a particular place.
- In the social sciences, the term is most often used to refer to indigenous peoples. In this context, the word still means "originating in or native to a certain place" but it also carries ethnic and political connotations. Occasionally, the term is used to indicate that a practice or idea originated in a certain place without necessarily referencing indigenous peoples, but this usage is much less common in the more recent literature.