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The latin / greek term (autós = self, chthón = earth) means "long-established, indigenous, down to earth" and in relation to geology and biology "originated or occurring at the site of discovery" (the opposite is allochthonous, that is, originated elsewhere - not native to the site). A related term is "endemic" (endemic), which means "locally occurring" or "spreading in a particular area" (but not necessarily originated there). The in the description of varieties The commonly used term "autochthonous" means, in the narrow sense, that the vine is cultivated almost exclusively or predominantly in a particular area, where it originated, or at least can look back on a relatively long history and has acquired a certain cultural significance.

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