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autochthonous (ɔːˈtɒkθənəs Pronunciation for autochthonous or autochthonic (ˌɔːtɒkˈθɒnɪk Pronunciation for autochthonic or autochthonal



  1. (of rocks, deposits, etc) found where they and their constituents were formed Compare allochthonous
  2. inhabiting a place or region from earliest known times; aboriginal
  3. (physiology) (of some functions, such as heartbeat) originating within an organ rather than from external stimulation

Derived Forms

auˈtochthonism, auˈtochthony noun
auˈtochthonously adverb

Example Sentences Including 'autochthonous'

After the custom of agriculturists, the religious practice of the autochthonous people centred on an Earth Mother.
Rutherford, Ward Celtic Mythology
The champion was David Tidmarsh, whose final winning word was " autochthonous ," meaning indigenous.
New Zealand Herald (2004)


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