Word of the Day – Autochthon

By February 10, 2018Word of the Day

autochthon (noun)

aw-tok-thun

An original or indigenous inhabitant of a place; an aborigine.

Late 16th century: from Greek, literally ‘sprung from the earth’, from autos ‘self’ + khthōn ‘earth, soil’.

Example sentences

“There’s no doubting that Aboriginal Australians are the true autochthons of the land”

Word of the Day – Ecdysis

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Ecdysis (noun)

ek-die-sis

The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods).

Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein ‘put off’, from ek- ‘out, off’ + duein ‘put’.

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