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chi·ton

 (kīt′n, kī′tŏn′)
n.
1. Any of various marine mollusks of the class Polyplacophora that live on rocks and have shells consisting of eight overlapping calcareous plates. Also called sea cradle.
2. A tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece.

[Greek khitōn, tunic, from Central Semitic *kittān, from Akkadian kitû, kita'um, flax, linen, from Sumerian gada, gida.]

chiton

(ˈkaɪtən; -tɒn)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) (in ancient Greece and Rome) a loose woollen tunic worn knee length by men and full length by women
2. (Animals) 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
[C19: from Greek khitōn coat of mail, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew kethōnet]

chi•ton

(ˈkaɪt n, ˈkaɪ tɒn)

n.
1. any marine mollusk of the class Amphineura, having a dorsal shell of eight overlapping plates.
2. a gown or tunic, with or without sleeves, worn by both sexes in ancient Greece.
[1810–20; < Greek chitṓn < Semitic (compare Hebrew kuttōneth tunic)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chiton - a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greecechiton - a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
tunic - any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees
2.chiton - primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates
mollusc, mollusk, shellfish - invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
genus Chiton - a genus of Polyplacophora
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It summarizes information concerning the known polyplacophoran species: Lepidochitona rolani Kaas & Strack, 1986, Chiton lyratus Sowerby, 1840, Chiton canariensis d'Orbigny, 1839, and Notoplax productus (Carpenter in Pilsbry, 1892).
The present study clearly shows (Table 2) that chiton diversity on these islands has been considerably underestimated to date, and has now been increased to a total of 12 polyplacophoran species (including the ones reported before).