Definition of Native

Na´tive   Pronunciation: nā´tĭv
a.1.Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
- Cudworth.
2.Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; - opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color, etc.
3.Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters, or strawberries. In the latter sense, synonymous with domestic.
4.Original; constituting the original substance of anything; as, native dust.
5.Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, wit, simplicity, rights, intelligence, etc. Having the same meaning as congenital, but typically used for positive qualities, whereas congenital may be used for negative qualities. See also congenital
Courage is native to you.
- Jowett (Thucyd.).
6.Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
the head is not more native to the heart, . . .
Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.
- Shak.
7.(Min.) Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, native silver, copper, gold.
Native American party
See under American, a.
Native bear
(Zool.) the koala.
Native bread
(Bot.) a large underground fungus, of Australia (Mylitta australis), somewhat resembling a truffle, but much larger.
Native devil
(Zool.) Same as Tasmanian devil, under Devil.
Native hen
(Zool.) an Australian rail (Tribonyx Mortierii).
Native pheasant
(Zool.) See Leipoa.
Native rabbit
(Zool.) an Australian marsupial (Perameles lagotis) resembling a rabbit in size and form.
Native sloth
(Zool.) the koala.
Native thrush
(Zool.) an Australian singing bird (Pachycephala olivacea); - called also thickhead.
Native turkey
(Zool.) the Australian bustard (Choriotis australis); - called also bebilya.
n.1.One who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France; the natives are restless.
2.(Stock Breeding) Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds.

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