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The spotted owl is endemic to old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
  commonly found in a particular place — (especially organisms in a geographic location or diseases amongst a particular group)
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endemic endemicity endemism endemics endemically
When referring to where plants and animals grow, endemic is less restrictive than indigenous, but more restrictive than native.  

Indigenous excludes species introduced from elsewhere.
Endemic implies that the species does not thrive as well in other areas.
Native says only that the species currently thrives in the area.
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  • The spotted owl is endemic to old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ebola is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.
  • She suffered from an endemic malaria.
  • Food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of the world.

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  • Exaggeration is endemic to political debate.
  • The islands have a number of interesting endemic species.
  • He has no business in this quarter, unless it be curiosity, which is an endemic in these woods.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Pioneers
  • Despite its diminutive size, the bot still had to contend with a problem endemic to ROVs: its tether.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Fanatic in its identification of Jews with international Communism, and vice versa, the movement was especially influential in the universities, where in the early 1920s physical violence against Jewish students became endemic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Not infrequently during their visits, Franz recalls, McCandless’s face would darken with anger and he’d fulminate about his parents or politicians or the endemic idiocy of mainstream American life.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • What endemic characteristics were present?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that vice which we are trying to make endemic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He was still supremely fit from football and the high-school track team, so the rigors of basic training weren’t as memorable to Mortenson as the poor morale he found endemic in the post-Vietnam military.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • From that time on, and well into this century, cholera was endemic not only in the city but along most of the Caribbean coast and the valley of the Magdalena, but it never again flared into an epidemic.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • What with this and the trouble yesterday concerning the lack of water in the radiator, it would not be unreasonable for an observer to believe such general disorganization endemic to my nature.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Virchow found a region impoverished by absentee landlordism, where the people, mainly Polish, lived principally on potatoes and vodka and suffered from endemic malaria and dysentery.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • At Jackson Park aggravation was endemic.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Part of that, she knew, was endemic to any long marriage; there was little new to talk about.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • He has no business in this quarter, unless it be curiosity, which is an endemic in these woods.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Or was there, as he suspected, a mild, endemic inflammation along the passage that carried urine out?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I believe that the return of these commercial panics is an endemic disease of the democratic nations of our age.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • —EVE ENSLER, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately grabbed national attention there.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The fact that they were of like mind on most matters military and political, and got along well, seemed to preclude the friction and jealousies between the Royal Navy and the army frequently endemic to such joint operations.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • " He plucked a beggar’s lice—endemic in West Virginia—off his pants leg and inspected the tiny fuzzy seed that hitched rides on anything or anybody who walked through the woods.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • An initial interest in sexually transmitted illness had given way to major scholarship on relapsing fever, for which he was the world’s expert, because the louse-borne variety of this disease was endemic to Ethiopia, and because no living person had observed the disease as closely.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • These folkways are endemic to that valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   endemic [7] , epidemic [1] , pandemic [7]
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