AskDefine | Define indigen

Dictionary Definition

indigen n : a person who was born in a particular place; an indigenous person [syn: native, indigene]

Extensive Definition

The term Indigen was coined in 1918 by Liberty Hyde Bailey ((1858-1954) an American horticulturist, botanist and cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science) and described as a plant " of known habitat ". Later, in 1923, Bailey formally defined the indigen as:


" ... a species of which we know the nativity, - one that is somewhere recorded as indigenous. " The term was coined to contrast with cultigen which he defined in the 1923 paper as " ... the species, or its equivalent, that has appeared under domestication, - the plant is cultigenous. " The definition and usage of the word cultigen has undergone subsequent change (see entry under cultigen).


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