autochthon

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noun au·toch·thon \ȯ-ˈtäk-thən\

Definition of autochthon

plural

autochthons

or

autochthones

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

Examples of autochthon in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of autochthon

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


First Known Use: circa 1538


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