- an aboriginal inhabitant.
- Ecology. one of the indigenous animals or plants of a region.
- Geology. a geological formation formed in the region where found.
Origin of autochthon
Examples from the Web for autochthon
He is earth-born, autochthon, and holds possession by descent.The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies
Autochthon, aw-tok′thon, n. one of the primitive inhabitants of a country: an aboriginal:—pl.
To the third pair of twins he gave the name Mneseus to the elder, and Autochthon to the one who followed him.The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Edwin J. Houston
Tchekoff is a true product of Russian literature, an autochthon plant, nourished by his natal sap.Contemporary Russian Novelists
To the elder of the third pair of twins he gave the name Mneseus, and Autochthon to the one who followed him.Critias
- (often plural) one of the earliest known inhabitants of any country; aboriginal
- an animal or plant that is native to a particular region
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).