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allochthonous

[ uh-lok-thuh-nuhs ]
/ əˈlɒk θə nəs /
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adjective Geology.(of rocks, minerals, etc.)

not formed in the region where found.Compare autochthonous (def. 4).

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Origin of allochthonous

1910–15; allo- + -chthonous, modeled after autochthonous
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British Dictionary definitions for allochthonous

allochthonous
/ (əˈlɒkθənəs) /

adjective

(of rocks, deposits, etc) found in a place other than where they or their constituents were formedCompare autochthonous (def. 1)
C20: from Greek allokhthon, from allo- + khthōn (genitive khthonos) earth
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