Thursday, May 16, 2013
Definitions for allochthonous
- not formed in the region where found.
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Citations for allochthonous
The input of plant matter of allochthonous origin contributes energy, nutrients, and substrates in a variety of important ways.
However, coals which have formed from plant remains which have been transported considerable distances from their original growth site are known as allochthonous coals, e.g. large rafts of peat or trees drifting on lakes or estuaries.
Origin of allochthonous
Allochthonous entered English in the late 19th century. It was modeled as an antonym to autochthonous, meaning "indigenous."