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noun tri·ton \ˈtrī-tən\

Definition of triton

  1. 1 capitalized :  a son of Poseidon described as a demigod of the sea with the lower part of his body like that of a fish

  2. 2 [New Latin, genus name, from Latin Triton] :  any of various large marine gastropod mollusks (family Ranellidae syn. Cymatiidae) with a heavy elongated conical shell; also :  the shell

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Triton was originally the son of the sea god Poseidon (or Neptune). A guardian of the fish and other creatures of the sea, he is usually shown as hearty, muscular, and cheerful. Like his father, he often carries a trident (three-pronged fork) and may ride in a chariot drawn by seahorses. Blowing on his conch shell, he creates the roar of the ocean. As a decorative image, Tritons are simply the male version of mermaids. The handsome seashells that bear their name are the very conchs on which they blow. Triton has also given his name to the planet Neptune's largest moon.

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Origin and Etymology of triton

Latin, from Greek Tritōn


First Known Use: 1536


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noun tri·ton \ˈtrī-ˌtän\

Definition of triton

  1. :  the nucleus of tritium

Origin and Etymology of triton

tritium + 2-on


First Known Use: 1934


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