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Aug 16, 2013
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allochthonous

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-LOK-thuh-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Originating in a region other than where it is found.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek from allos (other) + chthon (earth, land). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chamomile, exhume, inhume, chthonic, disinter, chameleonic, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1888.

USAGE:
"Like many other countries with a colonial legacy, Rwanda's constitutions before 1994 were rather allochthonous. The existing constitutions were based on foreign models which never took into account the peculiarities of the Rwandan nation."
Michael Ngabo; Alleged Lack of Political Space; The New Times (Rwanda); Apr 6, 2011.

"Fish populations have been deeply altered, allochthonous fish species accounting for the 42% of the total fish species in the Ebro."
Damià Barceló and Mira Petrovic; The Ebro River Basin; Springer; 2011.

See more usage examples of allochthonous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

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