"native, indigenous," 1590s, from French indigène (16c.), from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born" (see indigenous). As a noun, "one who or that which is native, an aborigine," from 1660s. Holinshed has homeling, which he said translates indigena "in an old book that I have."
updated on January 28, 2018