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[kahyt-n, kahy-ton] /ˈkaɪt n, ˈkaɪ tɒn/
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
1810-20; < Greek chitṓn tunic < Semitic (compare Hebrew kuttōneth tunic); ultimately < Sumerian Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chiton
Historical Examples
  • He tore his chiton from top to bottom and wrapped it about his mouth and nose.

  • Identical with this in form is the chiton worn by Doric women.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • From the chiton we now pass to the articles of dress of the nature of cloaks.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • 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: Louis Figuier
  • The genus chiton is the only example of this kind of Multivalves.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Beset with sharp spines, as the margin of chiton aculeatus, fig. 227.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • A genus formed for the reception of chiton amiculatus, Auct.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Those in which they are arranged in a straight line, as chiton, fig. 227.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Among the working classes the chiton was, of course, homespun, or of leather.

    The Evolution of Fashion Florence Mary Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for chiton


/ˈkaɪtən; -tɒn/
(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
C19: from Greek khitōn coat of mail, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew kethōnet
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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