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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.]


(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]


(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)]
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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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.
There are sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, green anemones, barnacles, mussels, rock crabs, anemones, chitons, sponges, sea urchins, tubeworms, sea cucumbers and thick beds of seaweed.
A preliminary investigation of diversity, abundance, and distributional patterns of chitons in intertidal boulder-fields of differing rock type in South Australia.
Within a framework of an inventory of the archipelago, numerous chitons were collected and are reported upon herein.
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.
Until recently, many scientists thought chitons arose from a more ancient lineage of aplacophorans.
Look in the tank--we have snails, slugs, oysters, and chitons.
1997), and lamprey GnRH-I (1GnRH-I) and tunicate GnRH-I (tGnRH-I) stimulate spawning and gamete release in the chitons, Mopalia sp.
Visit tide pools at low tide to see starfish, chitons, limpets, green anemone and several kinds of small crabs and fish.
Ortiz is now looking at host of natural exoskeletons in order to extract protective design principles, including chitons, urchins, beetles, and armored fish.
Chitons normally have eight plates on the dorsal surface: a head plate, six intermediate plates and a tail plate (Fig.