autochthonism

noun
au·​toch·​tho·​nism | \ -thəˌnizəm \
plural -s

Definition of autochthonism

1 : origin from the soil
2 : the state of being aboriginal : the state of being native to a region

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!

First Known Use of autochthonism

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About autochthonism

Time Traveler for autochthonism

Time Traveler

The first known use of autochthonism was in 1828

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near autochthonism

autochthon

autochthonism

autochthonous

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for autochthonism

Cite this Entry

“Autochthonism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autochthonism. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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