- Also called sea cradle. a mollusk of the class Amphineura, having a mantle covered with calcareous plates, found adhering to rocks.
- a gown or tunic, with or without sleeves, worn by both sexes in ancient Greece.
Origin of chiton
Examples from the Web for chiton
He tore his chiton from top to bottom and wrapped it about his mouth and nose.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
Identical with this in form is the chiton worn by Doric women.
From the chiton we now pass to the articles of dress of the nature of cloaks.
Perhaps the commonest of the British species is Chiton cinereus.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
Latreille, on the contrary, classed them near the mollusc, chiton.The Ocean World:
- (in ancient Greece and Rome) a loose woollen tunic worn knee length by men and full length by women
- Also called: coat-of-mail shell any small primitive marine mollusc of the genus Chiton and related genera, having an elongated body covered with eight overlapping shell plates: class Amphineura
Word Origin and History for chiton
mollusc genus, 1816, from Latinized form of Greek khiton "frock (worn by both sexes), tunic, mail coat" (see chitin). Used in English in literal sense of "ancient Greek tunic" from 1850. The molluscs also are known as "coat-of-mail shells" for their mail-like covering.