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Tuesday - November 03, 2015

From: Elmer, NJ
Region: Northeast
Topic: General Botany
Title: What is the difference between indigenous and native?
Answered by: Guy Thompson

QUESTION:

What is the difference between indigenous and native?

ANSWER:

According to the Webster's New Twentieth Century Unabridged Dictionary, the two words are synonymous.  Indigenous, being longer, is probably preferred by people who are trying to impress you.

 

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