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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.

autochthonism, autochthony

the state of being aboriginal or native to a particular area. — autochthonous, adj.
See also: Origins
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.autochthony - nativeness by virtue of originating or occurring naturally (as in a particular place)autochthony - nativeness by virtue of originating or occurring naturally (as in a particular place)
nativeness - the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
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Meanwhile, since the colonial period, agency vested in tradition and chieftaincy to manage land affairs has created numerous, seemingly insoluble disputes centred on chiefly appointments and local questions of autochthony.
The Spanish American Regional Novel: Modernity and Autochthony.
67) If autochthony was the internationalist order of the day, then the role of the Popular Front in the genesis of Western Marxism's supposed 'provincialism' comes into clearer focus, as a defensive recuperation of national integrity promoted by transnational cultural coalition.
Studies on ethnic formation, indigeneity, autochthony, nationalism, social movements, and transnational mobility often approach these topics from a particular viewpoint.
An indication from this is that we should be weary of assertions and actions that go with easy claims of nativism and autochthony, as these hinge on people claiming to somehow be 'children of the soil' who belong in ways that foreign others do not.
IR, autochthony and the borders of belonging" A paper presented at the 6th Global Conference on Pluralism, Inclusion, and Citizenship, Prague, March 2011.
Whether or not Coronel's Sandinista enthusiasm overlies a felt need for atonement for the disastrous politics of his young avant-garde, he represents the Frente, as it was called, as the political manifestation of the cultural autochthony his Vanguardia once sought.
15-18; Eqerem Cabej, "The Problem of the Autochthony of Albanians in the Light of Place-Names," in Kristaq Prifti et al.
We also considered the area for URS, suggesting autochthony for the disease.