chi·​ton | \ ˈkī-tᵊn How to pronounce chiton (audio) , ˈkī-ˌtän \

Definition of chiton

1 : any of a class (Polyplacophora) of elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusks with a dorsal shell of calcareous plates
2 [Greek chitōn] : the basic garment of ancient Greece worn usually knee-length by men and full-length by women

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Recent Examples on the Web Her chiton, fastened at one shoulder, falls, exposing both breasts. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 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, "Eradicating Invasive Species One Sushi Roll at a Time," 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, "Colorful kaleidoscope of marine life in Homer tidepools," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of chiton

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chiton

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

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“Chiton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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