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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-lok-thuh-nuh s]
    • /əˈlɒk θə nəs/
    • /ˈalətʃθənəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lok-thuh-nuh s]
    • /əˈlɒk θə nəs/

Definitions of allochthonous word

  • adjective allochthonous (of rocks, deposits, etc) found in a place other than where they or their constituents were formed 3
  • adjective allochthonous originating elsewhere; not native to a place 3
  • adjective allochthonous not formed in the region where found. Compare autochthonous (def 4). 1
  • noun allochthonous Denoting sediment or rock that originated at a distance from its present position. 1
  • adjective allochthonous Originating in a place other than where it is found. 0
  • adjective allochthonous (geology) Buried or found in a place remote from the site of formation. 0

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Origin of allochthonous

First appearance:

before 1910
One of the 15% newest English words
1910-15; allo- + -chthonous, modeled after autochthonous

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Parts of speech for Allochthonous


allochthonous popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

allochthonous usage trend in Literature

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