(Molecular biology) Of a protein; folded into its biologically active three-dimensional conformation. c.f. denatured.

Na"tive (?), a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p.p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Naive, Nelf a serf.]

1.

Arising by birth; having an origin; born.

[Obs.]

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.

<-- latter sense = domestic -->

4.

Original; constituting the original substance of anything; as, native dust.

Milton.

5.

Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc.

<-- congenital, hereditary. -->

Courage is native to you.
Jowett (Thucyd. ).

6.

Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).

[R.]

the head is not more native to the heart, ...
Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.
Shak.

7. Min.

  1. Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, native silver.
  2. Found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride.

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.

Syn. -- Natural; natal; original; congential. -- Native, Natural, Natal. natural refers to the nature of a thing, or that which springs therefrom; native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that which springs from the structure of the mind. Native eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion; natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied or artifical.

 

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Na"tive (?), 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.

2. Stock Breeding

Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds.

[U.S.]

 

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