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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AUTOCHTHON, n. [Gr.] One who rises or grows out of the earth.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the earliest known inhabitants of a region

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -thons or autochthones) Etymology: Greek autochth?n, from aut- + chth?n earth more at humble Date: 1590 one (as a person, plant, or animal) that is autochthonous

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. autochthons or autochthones) (in pl.) the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country; aboriginals. Derivatives: autochthonal adj. autochthonic adj. autochthonous adj. Etymology: Gk, = sprung from the earth (as AUTO-, khthon, -onos earth)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Autochthon Au*toch"thon, n.; pl. E. Authochthons, L. Autochthones. [L., fr. Gr. ?, pl. ?, from the land itself; a'yto`s self + ? earth, land.] 1. One who is supposed to rise or spring from the ground or the soil he inhabits; one of the original inhabitants or aborigines; a native; -- commonly in the plural. This title was assumed by the ancient Greeks, particularly the Athenians. 2. That which is original to a particular country, or which had there its origin.



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