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An Aboriginal Australian boy watching a man spinning string

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From Ancient Greek αὐτόχθων ‎(autókhthōn, indigenous), from αὐτός ‎(autós, self) + χθών ‎(khthṓn, earth, soil).

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  • IPA(key): /ɔːˈtɒkθən/
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  • Hyphenation: au‧toch‧thon

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autochthon ‎(plural autochthons or autochthones)

  1. The earliest inhabitant of an area; an aborigine.
  2. (geology) A large mass of rock in the place of its original formation, rooted to its basement (foundation rock) as opposed to an allochthon or nappe which has shifted from the place of formation; an autochthonous rock formation.

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autochthon ‎(not comparable)

  1. autochthonous (native to the place where found)

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