chiton

noun chi·ton \ ˈkī-tᵊn , 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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Origin and Etymology of chiton

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


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