pl. -·thons or -·tho·nes·
- any of the earliest known inhabitants of a place; aborigine
- any indigenous animal or plant
Origin of autochthonClassical Greek autochth?n, sprung from the land itself ; from autos, self + chth?n, earth: see homage
nounpl. au·toch·thons or au·toch·tho·nes
- One that originated or was formed where it is found, especially a rock formation that has not been displaced.
- One of the earliest known inhabitants of a place; an aborigine.
- Ecology An indigenous plant or animal.
Origin of autochthonGreek autokhth&omacron;n : auto-, auto- + khth&omacron;n, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(plural autochthons or autochthones)
Ancient Greek αὐτόχθων (autokhthōn, “indigenous”), from αὐτός (auto-) + χθών (khthōn, “earth, soil”).