autochthon


au·toch·thon

noun \-ˈtäk-thən\
plural au·toch·thons or au·toch·tho·nes\-thə-ˌnēz\

Definition of AUTOCHTHON

:  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

Related to AUTOCHTHON

Synonyms
aboriginal, aborigine, indigene (also indigen), native
Antonyms
nonnative

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