autochthon

noun
au·​toch·​thon | \ ȯ-ˈtäk-thən How to pronounce autochthon (audio) \
plural autochthons or autochthones\ ȯ-​ˈtäk-​thə-​ˌnēz How to pronounce autochthon (audio) \

Definition of autochthon

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

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Examples of autochthon in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of autochthon

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autochthon

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

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The first known use of autochthon was circa 1538

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“Autochthon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autochthon. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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