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    spices organized by indigenous regions

    Hi

    Has anyone heard of the phrase like this:

    "the spices might be organized by indigenous regions"

    What does it possibly mean?

    Thank you for your kind help.

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    Re: spices organized by indigenous regions

    It means that spices which originally come from the same place will be put together. So the categories might be North American spices, South American spices, South-East Asian spices, and so on.

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    Re: spices organized by indigenous regions

    It's not easy to understand; I suspect the writer wanted to show off his knowledge of a hard word. It'd be much better as 'spices ordered by place of origin'.

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    Re: spices organized by indigenous regions

    PS - 'indigenous' is not just a 'hard word'; it is also hard to use accurately. Some would say that 'indigenous regions' is plain wrong. A plant is indigenous to a region. A region has ingenous plants. The characteristic of being indigenous cannot be possessed by a region.

    (Without doing the necessary research, I would imagine that this rather 'loose' use of indigenous to mean 'of a country to which a plant is indigenous' is followed by some users - perhaps enough users to let the more permissive among us argue that it's 'meaningful'. Perhaps, in a lamentable sense, it is. But IQU3838's failure to understand it is quite easily explained. In my view, it is to be applauded! )

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