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 (ô-tŏk′thə-nəs) also au·toch·tho·nal (-thə-nəl) or au·toch·thon·ic (ô′tŏk-thŏn′ĭk)
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 an autochthonous source of nutrients in a lake.

au·toch′thon·ism, au·toch′tho·ny n.
au·toch′tho·nous·ly adv.
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Adj.1.autochthonal - originating where it is foundautochthonal - originating where it is found; "the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo"; "autochthonous rocks and people and folktales"; "endemic folkways"; "the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan"
native - characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin; "the native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad"


Existing, born, or produced in a land or region:
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A position such as de Man's, or a casual attitude toward the responsibility of intellectuals to escape the determinations of their native tongue, risks complicity with such political and discursive essentialism; the view that divisive conflicts - say, between population groups in Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka or even urban North America - are non-negotiable expressions of autochthonal alterity, resistant to any sort of translation and therefore impervious to rational settlement, has a transparent ideological function.