chiton

[ kahyt-n, kahy-ton ]
/ ˈkaɪt n, ˈkaɪ tɒn /

noun

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 in ancient Greece.

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Origin of chiton

First recorded in 1810–20; from Greek chitṓn “tunic,” from Semitic (compare Hebrew kuttōneth “tunic”); ultimately from Sumerian
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British Dictionary definitions for chiton

chiton
/ (ˈkaɪtən, -tɒn) /

noun

(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 for chiton

C19: from Greek khitōn coat of mail, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew kethōnet
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