The difference between Aboriginal and Autochthonous

When used as adjectives, aboriginal means first according to historical or scientific records, whereas autochthonous means native to the place where found.

Aboriginal is also noun with the meaning: an animal or plant native to a region.

check bellow for the other definitions of Aboriginal and Autochthonous

  1. Aboriginal as an adjective:

    First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.

  2. Aboriginal as an adjective:

    Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.

  3. Aboriginal as an adjective:

  1. Aboriginal as a noun:

    An animal or plant native to a region.

  2. Aboriginal as a noun:

  1. Autochthonous as an adjective:

    Native to the place where found; indigenous.

  2. Autochthonous as an adjective (biology, medicine):

    Originating where found; found where it originates.

  3. Autochthonous as an adjective (geology):

    Buried in place, especially of a fossil preserved in its life position without disturbance or disarticulation.