chi·​ton ˈkī-tᵊn How to pronounce chiton (audio)
: any of a class (Polyplacophora) of elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusks with a dorsal shell of calcareous plates
[Greek chitōn] : the basic garment of ancient Greece worn usually knee-length by men and full-length by women

Examples of chiton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To understand how this variety of chiton eyes evolved, a team of researchers led by Varney looked at how hundreds of chiton species are related. Quanta Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 In both experiments, the pill bug and chiton were shown to effectively grasp and maneuver objects, either via the insect’s closing into its defensive stance while grasping an object, or via the mollusk’s suctioning ability. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 28 June 2023 Even the diaphanous chiton-like dresses that Maria Grazia does nearly every season feel like a special, possibly sacred code of femininity. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 July 2022 The mineral is believed to toughen the teeth of the sometimes 14-inch chiton without adding extra weight, due to its high water content and low density, Joster said. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Her chiton, fastened at one shoulder, falls, exposing both breasts. National Geographic, 18 June 2020 At a dinner last month, Mr. Lai served small bowls filled with citrus broth and those whelks, periwinkles and chitons tucked into a tangle of seaweed invasive to the Everglades. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2016 Similarly, fleeing limpets and chitons navigated stony surfaces with the fascinating rapidity of ice forming across a winter pond. Clark Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, 8 July 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiton was in 1816

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“Chiton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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chi·​ton ˈkīt-ᵊn How to pronounce chiton (audio)
: any of a class of marine mollusks with a shell of calcium-containing plates
: a draped garment worn by the ancient Greeks

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