variants or less commonly allothogenous
: formed elsewhere : derived from preexisting rocks
clastic rocks or their mineral particles formed elsewhere and transported to their present position are allothogenic
: allogenic
opposed to authigenic

Word History


irregular (influenced by English -o-) from German allothigen allothogenic (from Greek allothi elsewhere—from allos other— + -genēs born) + English -ic or -ous

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allothogenic was in 1888

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near allothogenic

Cite this Entry

“Allothogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!