Autochthony

autochthony

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au·toch·tho·nous

(ô-tŏk′thə-nəs) also au·toch·tho·nal (-thə-nəl) or au·toch·thon·ic (ô′tŏk-thŏn′ĭk)

adj.

1. Originating or formed in the place where found; indigenous: autochthonous rocks; an autochthonous people;autochthonous folk tales. See Synonyms at native.
2. Ecology Native to or produced within a system: an autochthonous species; algae that provide anautochthonous source of nutrients in a lake.

au·toch′thon·ism, au·toch′tho·ny n.
au·toch′tho·nous·ly adv.
Vico’s autochthony.  Struever, Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity, p. 116

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