AskDefine | Define autochthon

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‘indigenous’, from + ‘earth, soil’.


  • /ɔːˈtɒkθən/


  1. The earliest inhabitant of an area, an aboriginal.
  2. An autochthonous rock formation.

Extensive Definition

Autochthon (and variants thereof) may refer to:
Autochthonous is the adjective and autochthon is the noun. From auto + the Greek chthon, the earth, soil = sprung from the earth or the soil itself.
See also: Chthon
autochthon in German: Autochthon
autochthon in Georgian: ავტოხთონი
autochthon in Russian: Автохтон
autochthon in Slovak: Autochtónnosť
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