Definition of autochthon in English:


Line breaks: au¦toch|thon
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈtɒkθ(ə)n
, -θəʊn/

noun (plural autochthons or autochthones /-θəniːz/)

An original or indigenous inhabitant of a place; an aborigine.
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  • Environmentalists tended to characterise Aboriginal Australians as icons of true belonging, role models, holders of superior spiritual knowledge, the real autochthons.
  • By demonstrating their ability to survive and navigate in the Canadian environment, the snowshoers justified their claim to be a new type of autochthon.
  • Here then is the European depicted as autochthon, born out of the mud of Patusan.


late 16th century: from Greek, literally 'sprung from the earth', from autos 'self' + khthōn 'earth, soil'.

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