Autochthonous vs Indigenous - What's the difference?

autochthonous | indigenous |

Autochthonous is a synonym of indigenous.


As adjectives the difference between autochthonous and indigenous

is that autochthonous is native to the place where found; indigenous while indigenous is (chiefly|of living things) born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion.

autochthonous

English

Adjective

(-)
  • 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.

    Synonyms

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

    Antonyms

    * (sense) allochthonous

    Derived terms

    * autochthonously * parautochthonous

    indigenous

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (chiefly, of living things) Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion.
  • * 1862 , , "Wild Apples: The History of the Apple Tree":
  • Not only the Indian, but many indigenous insects, birds, and quadrupeds, welcomed the apple-tree to these shores.
  • Innate, inborn.
  • * 1852 , , Uncle Tom's Cabin , ch. 18:
  • She was a native and essential cook, as much as Aunt Chloe,—cooking being an indigenous talent of the African race.
  • * 1883 , , "Stephen Archer" in Stephen Archer and Other Tales :
  • He had all the tricks of a newspaper boy indigenous in him.

    Synonyms

    * (born or engendered in) aboriginal, autochthonous, native

    Derived terms

    * indigenity * indigenously * indigenousness * nonindigenous