What is the difference between autochthonous and aboriginal?

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Aboriginal is a synonym of autochthonous.

Autochthonous is a synonym of aboriginal.

As adjectives the difference between autochthonous and aboriginal

is that autochthonous is native to the place where found; indigenous while aboriginal is first according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive {{defdate|first attested in the mid 17th century}}{{reference-book|last =|first =|authorlink =|coauthors =|editor =brown, lesley|others =|title = the shorter oxford english dictionary|origdate =|origyear = 1933|origmonth =|url =|format =|accessdate =|accessyear =|accessmonth =|edition = 5th|date =|year =2003|month =|publisher =oxford university press|location =oxford, uk|language =|id =|doi =|isbn =978-0-19-860575-7|lccn =|ol =|pages =6|chapter =|chapterurl =|quote =}}.

As a noun aboriginal is

an animal or plant native to a region {{defdate|first attested in the mid 18th century}}.




  • Native to the place where found; indigenous.
  • * 1889 , Justin Winsor, Narrative and Critical History of America , Vol. I, page 375:
  • Two of the most celebrated of the evolutionists reject the autochthonous view, for Darwin's Descent of Man'' and Haeckel's ''Hist. of Creation consider the American man an emigrant from the old world, whatever way the race may have developed
  • * {{quote-book, year= 1983
  • , year_published= , author= (Isaac Asimov) , by= , title= (The Robots of Dawn) , url= , original= , chapter= 22 , section= , isbn= 0-553-29949-2 , edition= , publisher= Bantam Books , location= , editor= , volume= , page= 116 , passage= Only human beings could live on this world and know that they were not autochthonous but had stemmed from Earthmen—and yet did the Spacers really know it or did they simply put it out of their mind? }}
  • (biology, medicine) Originating where found; found where it originates.
  • * 1983 , Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey , volume 80, page 538:
  • When, in 1858, Joseph Lister amputated the right leg of a six-year-old girl suffering from gangrene, he noted that the autochthonous blood clot extended down the anterior tibial artery as far as the commencement of the gangrene.
  • (geology) Buried in place, especially of a fossil preserved in its life position without disturbance or disarticulation.
  • * 1992 , Anna K. Behrensmeyer, et al., Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time , page 83:
  • Death and burial may be simultaneous, resulting in a preserved snapshot of an autochthonous assemblage that may be compared directly with present day ecosystems.


    * (native to the place where found) aboriginal, autochthonic, indigenous, native


    * (sense) allochthonous

    Derived terms

    * autochthonously * parautochthonous




    (en adjective)
  • First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.
  • * 1814 , , The Excursion , Longman et al. (publishers), [http://books.google.com/books?id=T18JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA277&dq=aboriginal page 277]:
  • Green in the Church-yard, beautiful and green; / / And mantled o'er with aboriginal turf / And everlasting flowers.
  • Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Synonyms

    * (indigenous to a place) native, indigenous, autochthonous, endemic, original, first, earliest, primitive, ancient, primordial, primeval

    Derived terms

    * aboriginality * aboriginally


    (en noun)
  • An animal or plant native to a region.
  • * Charles Darwin
  • It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Usage notes

    * Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence. * In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people. * See also the usage notes under Aboriginal .