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chiton

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noun chi·ton \ˈkī-tən, ˈkī-ˌtän\

Definition of chiton

  1. 1 :  any of a class (Polyplacophora) of elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusks with a dorsal shell of calcareous plates

  2. 2 [Greek chitōn] :  the basic garment of ancient Greece worn usually knee-length by men and full-length by women



Origin and Etymology of chiton

New Latin, genus name, from Greek chitōn tunic, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew kuttōneth tunic


First Known Use: 1816


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