Definition of chiton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkītn/ Pronunciation: /ˈkīˌtän/


1A long woolen tunic worn in ancient Greece.
From Greek khitōn 'tunic'
Example sentences
  • To begin the day the class dressed in their chitons and prepared for an Olympics.
  • Over the chiton, if you could afford it, a woollen cloak was worn, made from an oblong piece of cloth, usually simply draped around the body, sometimes pinned on one side.
  • I pulled on a chiton and wrapped a himation around me since the day was cool.
2A marine mollusk that has an oval flattened body with a shell of overlapping plates.
Modern Latin (genus name)
  • Class Polyplacophora.
Example sentences
  • A chiton has eight overlapping shell plates, and can, if dislodged, roll into a rough ball with its plates on the exterior.
  • We do have pages on the Solenogastres and the worm-like Caudofoveata, as well as the chitons and some early shelled mollusks, the Rostroconchia.
  • Conchiferans are ‘all molluscs except chitons and aplacophorans’ - i.e. snails, cephalopods, etc.

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Syllabification: chi·ton

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