Definition of autochthon in English:

autochthon

Pronunciation: /ôˈtäkˌTHän//ôˈtäkTHən/

noun

  • An original or indigenous inhabitant of a place; an aborigine.

    • ‘By demonstrating their ability to survive and navigate in the Canadian environment, the snowshoers justified their claim to be a new type of autochthon.’
    • ‘Environmentalists tended to characterise Aboriginal Australians as icons of true belonging, role models, holders of superior spiritual knowledge, the real autochthons.’
    • ‘Here then is the European depicted as autochthon, born out of the mud of Patusan.’
    inhabitant, resident, local
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

autochthon

/ôˈtäkˌTHän//ôˈtäkTHən/