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

Example Sentences

the remains of a settlement once occupied by the island's autochthons are much older than previously thought

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autochthon was circa 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Autochthon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autochthon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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