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Definition of "autochthon" [au•toch•thon]

  • One of the earliest known inhabitants of a place; an aborigine. (noun)
  • Ecology An indigenous plant or animal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "autochthon" in a sentence
  • "On Myral, where I had spent the last ten years, only a little of such status attached to the largest autochthon — not surprising for a creature whose name is a contraction of "shit-eating quadruped.""
  • "Then Chee darted between those legs, tumbled the autochthon on his tocus and bounded onward."
  • "He was an autochthon, a handsome creature by any standards."