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allochthonous

[uh-lok-thuh-nuh s]
adjective Geology. (of rocks, minerals, etc.)
  1. 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

adjective
  1. (of rocks, deposits, etc) found in a place other than where they or their constituents were formedCompare autochthonous (def. 1)
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Word Origin for allochthonous

C20: from Greek allokhthon, from allo- + khthōn (genitive khthonos) earth
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