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 (kīt′n, kī′tŏn′)
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.]
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(ˈkaɪtən; -tɒn)
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]
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(ˈkaɪt n, ˈkaɪ tɒn)

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)]
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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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References in classic literature ?
I have already remarked to what a degree the sea swarms with living creatures; and the shells (such as the Patellae, Fissurellae, Chitons, and Barnacles), according to Mr.
The molluscan genus Chiton offers a partially analogous case.
Species composition and vertical distribution of chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) in a rocky intertidal zone of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Teratology cases in Mollusca, report abnormalities in the shell of these animals primarily; in chitons, for instance, these have been classified as "hypomerism" and "hypermerism" when specimens have fewer or more shell plates than the regular eight respectively, "coalescence" when two or more plates are merged together, and "splitting" when one shell plate is divided into two independent halves (Taki, 1932; Dell'Angelo & Schwabe, 2010).
As she sat in her dad's boat, Murphy would look towards the shoreline, imagining all the creatures she'd find exploring the intertidal zone: crabs crouched under rocks, sea stars, chitons, anemones, as well as innumerable species of mussels.
Three of our rarest chitons, Acanthochites maughani, Torr and Ashby, A.
Its tide pools overflowed with a varied community of mussels and barnacles, limpets and chitons and snails, and a sea star, Pisaster ochraceus, known as the ochre star.
Certain species of the crawling lumps of mollusk called chitons polka-dot their armor-plated backs with hundreds of tiny eyes.
A preliminary investigation of diversity, abundance, and distributional patterns of chitons in intertidal boulder-fields of differing rock type in South Australia.
Based on our results, their conclusions can likely be extended to another molluscan group: the chitons.
Over time, chitons have evolved to eat algae growing on and within rocks using a specialized rasping organ called a radula, a conveyer belt-like structure in the mouth that contains 70 to 80 parallel rows of teeth.
Both the shell-less aplacophorans and the shelled chitons, also known as sea cradles, still exist today.