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[aw-tok-thuh n] /ɔˈtɒk θən/
noun, plural autochthons, autochthones
[aw-tok-thuh-neez] /ɔˈtɒk θəˌniz/ (Show IPA)
an aboriginal inhabitant.
Ecology. one of the indigenous animals or plants of a region.
Geology. a geological formation formed in the region where found.
Compare allochthon.
Origin of autochthon
1640-50; < Greek autóchthōn of the land itself, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + chthṓn the earth, land, ground Unabridged
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/ɔːˈtɒkθən; -θɒn/
noun (pl) -thons, -thones (-θəˌniːz)
(often pl) one of the earliest known inhabitants of any country; aboriginal
an animal or plant that is native to a particular region
Word Origin
C17: from Greek autokhthōn from the earth itself, from auto- + khthōn the earth
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Word Origin and History for autochthon

1640s, "one sprung from the soil he inhabits" (plural autochthones), from Greek autokhthon "aborigines, natives," literally "sprung from the land itself," used of the Athenians and others who claimed descent from the Pelasgians, from auto- "self" (see auto-) + khthon "land, earth, soil" (see chthonic).

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