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endemic - vocabulary

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adjective

Characteristic of or natural to a particular place or people; indigenous; native; belonging exclusively to or confined to particular place.

Dr. Hooker has recently shown that in the S.E. corner of Australia, where, apparently, there are many invaders from different quarters of the globe, the endemic Australian species have been greatly reduced in number. How much weight to attribute to these several considerations I will not pretend to say; but conjointly they must limit in each country the tendency to an indefinite augmentation of specific forms.

—Charles R. Darwin Origin of Species (1859)

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