Definition of Allochthonous

1. Adjective. Of rocks, deposits, etc.; found in a place other than where they and their constituents were formed.

Antonyms: Autochthonous



Definition of Allochthonous

1. Adjective. Originating in a place other than where it is found. ¹

2. Adjective. (geology) Buried or found in a place remote from the site of formation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Allochthonous

1. Derived from outside a system, such as the leaves of terrestrial plants that fall into a stream. Compare: autochthonous. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Allochthonous

allocaturs
allocentric
allochem
allochems
allochetia
allochiria
allocholane
allocholesterol
allochroic
allochroism
allochroite
allochromasia
allochronic
allochroous
allochthonous (current term)
alloclasite
allocortex
allocrine
allocthonous
allocute
allocuted
allocutes
allocuting
allocution
allocutions
allocyathin
allocycle
allocyclic
allod

Literary usage of Allochthonous

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1. Glimpses of the Cosmos by Lester Frank Ward (1918)
"The Autochthonous or allochthonous Origin of the Goal and ... and " autochthony" both occur in the dictionaries, but " allochthonous" ..."

2. The Face of the Earth: (Das Antlitz Der Erde) by Eduard Suess (1906)
"In like manner Gumbel distinguishes autochthonous measures, ie those which have been formed in place; and allochthonous measures, those which have been ..."

3. Fossil Botany: Being an Introduction to Palaeophytology from the Standpoint by Hermann Solms-Laubach, Henry Edward Fowler Garnsey (1891)
"The view intermediate between these two, that the mode of formation varied as in the case of the lignites and was sometimes allochthonous, ..."

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