Definition of autochthonous in English:

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autochthonous

Pronunciation: /ôˈtäkTHənəs/

adjective

1(Of an inhabitant of a place) indigenous rather than descended from migrants or colonists.
Example sentences
  • However, on his creative path around the north of the island he discovered several autochthonous beings already in residence.
  • For some citizens, deeply embedded assumptions about hierarchies of ‘spiritual belonging’ to land give priority to those individuals who can make the strongest claims to autochthonous status.
  • In mythic accounts, the relationship between the autochthonous and the stranger is always a matter of context.
1.1 Geology (Of a deposit or formation) formed in its present position. Often contrasted with allochthonous.
Example sentences
  • It is generally agreed that the autochthonous sedimentary sequences were deposited in the northern margin of Gondwana.
  • This has led to debate on whether this basement complex is allochthonous or autochthonous.
  • In contrast to siliciclastic deposits, they are normally deposited close to their site of formation within the basin of deposition; that is they are autochthonous, and are rarely transported great distances from their site of origin.

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Syllabification: au·toch·tho·nous

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