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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"
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Existing, born, or produced in a land or region:
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Women became the only inspiration to maintain ethnic identities, "demarcating the distinction between the alien and the autochthonal through what their wombs brought forth." (31) This discourse imposed "a unique cultural responsibility on the Hindu woman, recognizing her as the repository of past freedom and the future nationhood." (32) Righteous Hindu women started to symbolize the nation and the community from the colonial period.
Reinheimer et al., "Yeasts from autochthonal cheese starters: technological and functional properties," Journal of Applied Microbiology, vol.
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.