Definition of

Chiton

  1. (noun, animal) primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates
  2. (noun, artifact) a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece

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Alternate forms of Chiton

Hypernyms: mollusc, mollusk, shellfish, tunic

Origin of the word Chiton

  1. mollusc genus, 1816, from Gk. khiton "frock (worn by both sexes), tunic, mail coat." Used in Eng. in literal sense of "ancient Gk. tunic" from 1850. The molluscs also are known as "coat-of-mail shells" for their mail-like covering. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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