- a positively-charged particle consisting of a proton and two neutrons, equivalent to the nucleus of an atom of tritium.
Origin of triton
- Classical Mythology. a son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, represented as having the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish, and as using a conch-shell trumpet.
- Astronomy. a moon of Neptune.
- (lowercase) any of various marine gastropods of the family Cymatiidae, having a large, spiral, often beautifully colored shell.
- (lowercase) the shell of a triton.
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The armlet struck the Triton on the head and he sank down dead.
But he did not drown, for a Triton came his way who took him along with him to the dragon-castle.
And a watchman also came and reported that the Triton had been slain by a boy.
Then the Triton grew enraged, leaped up and struck at Notscha with his ax.
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- any of various chiefly tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genera Charonia, Cymatium, etc, having large beautifully-coloured spiral shells
C16: via Latin from Greek tritōn
- physics a nucleus of an atom of tritium, containing two neutrons and one proton
C20: from trit (ium) + -on
- a sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, depicted as having the upper parts of a man with a fish's tail and holding a trumpet made from a conch shell
- one of a class of minor sea deities
- the largest satellite of the planet Neptune. Diameter: 2700 km
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Word Origin and History for triton
minor sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, from Greek Triton, cognate with Old Irish triath (genitive trethan) "sea."
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