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Monday, March 26, 2007

Definitions for autochthonous

  1. Aboriginal; indigenous; native.
  2. Formed or originating in the place where found.

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Citations for autochthonous
For cultures are not monoliths. They are fragmentary, patchworks of autochthonous and foreign elements. Anthony Pagden, The New Republic
I thought of the present-day Arcadians, autochthonous, sprung from the very earth on which they live, who with every draught from a stream drink up millennia of history and legend. Zachary Taylor, The Atlantic
Origin of autochthonous
Autochthonous derives from Greek autochthon, "of or from the earth or land itself," from auto-, "self" + chthon, "earth." One that is autochthonous is an autochthon.