(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.]


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.


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.


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 -->


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



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. ).


Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).


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

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.


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.



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