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autochthon

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noun au·toch·thon \ȯ-ˈtäk-thən\

Definition of autochthon

plural au·toch·thons or au·toch·tho·nesplay \-thə-ˌnēz\

  1. :  one (as a person, plant, or animal) that is autochthonous



Examples of autochthon

  1. <descendants of the island's earliest settlers regard themselves as a sort of aristocracy of autochthons, with all others being brash interlopers>



Origin of autochthon

Greek autochthōn, from aut- + chthōn earth — more at humble


First Known Use: 1579


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