autochthon

[ aw-tok-thuh n ]
/ ɔˈtɒk θən /

noun, plural au·toch·thons, au·toch·tho·nes [aw-tok-thuh-neez] /ɔˈtɒk θəˌniz/.

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
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autochthon
/ (ɔːˈtɒkθən, -θɒn) /

noun plural -thons or -thones (-θəˌniːz)

(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 for autochthon

C17: from Greek autokhthōn from the earth itself, from auto- + khthōn the earth
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