Definition of allochthonous in English:

allochthonous

Syllabification: al·loch·tho·nous
Pronunciation: /əˈläkTHənəs
 
/

adjective

Geology
Denoting sediment or rock that originated at a distance from its present position. Often contrasted with autochthonous.
More example sentences
  • The fossils of the westernmost exposures of the Hoko River Formation are allochthonous, preserved in reworked concretions within conglomerates that were deposited as part of a submarine fan system during late Eocene time.
  • However, this does not prove that the Moine rocks necessarily constitute an allochthonous terrane in the North American sense.
  • Although some skeletal remains are evidently allochthonous, other remains are probably parautochthonous.

Origin

early 20th century: from allo- 'other' + Greek khthōn 'earth' + -ous.

Definition of allochthonous in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day meretricious
Pronunciation: merəˈtriSHəs
adjective
apparently attractive but having in reality no value...