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.
Any of the earliest known inhabitants of a place; aborigine.
Any indigenous animal or plant.
Other Word Forms
Origin of autochthon
- Greek autokhthōn auto- auto- khthōn earth dhghem- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Ancient Greek αὐτόχθων (autokhthōn, “indigenous”), from αὐτός (auto-) + χθών (khthōn, “earth, soil”).