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al·loch·thon

 (ə-lŏk′thən)
n. pl. al·loch·thons or al·loch·tho·nes (-thə-nēz′)
1. One that originated or was formed in a place other than where it is found, especially a rock formation that has been displaced.
2. A member of a human population that relocated or was displaced from a particular area.
3. Ecology A plant or animal that is not indigenous.

[German : allo-, allo- (from Greek, from allos, other; see al- in Indo-European roots) + Greek khthōn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]
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The distinction demonstrates that the literary categories in which we think, themselves partake of the ideology of embodiment that keeps white identity--now specified in relation to such troubling categories as 'autochthonic' and 'allochthonic' inhabitants of Europe--invisible because defined by a spirit that is in but not of the body, to use Richard Dyer's phrase.