Au*toch"thon (?), n.; pl. E. Authochthons (), L. Autochthones (). [L., fr. Gr. , pl. , from the land itself; self + earth, land.]


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.


That which is original to a particular country, or which had there its origin.


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