Know Your Next Word : autochthonous
23. autochthonous :verb :
1. Aboriginal : indigenous : native
2. Formed or originating in the place where foundusage : For cultures are not monoliths. They are fragmentary, patchworks of autochthonous and foreign elements.
I thought of the present-day Arcadians, autochthonous, sprung from the very earth on which they live, who with every draught from a stream drink up millennia of history and legend.
an autochthonous people
autochthonous cases of malaria in the United States
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