noun, plural au·toch·thons, au·toch·tho·nes [aw-tok-thuh-neez] /ɔˈtɒk θəˌniz/.
Origin of autochthon
Examples from the Web for autochthon
Autochthon, aw-tok′thon, n. one of the primitive inhabitants of a country: an aboriginal:—pl.
Tchekoff is a true product of Russian literature, an autochthon plant, nourished by his natal sap.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
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
To the elder of the third pair of twins he gave the name Mneseus, and Autochthon to the one who followed him.Critias|Plato
He is earth-born, autochthon, and holds possession by descent.The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies|Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for autochthon
noun plural -thons or -thones (-θəˌniːz)
Word Origin for autochthon
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).