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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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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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References in classic literature ?
The molluscan genus Chiton offers a partially analogous case.
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.
Petra was endowed with a colonnaded avenue and temples: witness the ronde-bosse panels showing a fleshy, beribbonned head of Dionysos (wearing a fillet across his forehead and ivy and grape leaves in his hair); a goddess with diadem and crinkly v-necked chiton (tunic); and the huge bust of a bearded, Zeus-like deity.
Shell colour polymorphism in the chiton Ischnochiton striolatus (Gray, 1828) (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) and habitat heterogeneity.
Before we even sat down at our round, saloon-style couched table, loud (like, loud!) Greek music burst from the speakers as the waiters, dressed in chiton and peplos -- traditional Greek clothing -- gathered around and began dancing across the restaurant, inviting guests to join the fun and be a part of the unique experience.
From the 750 individuals examined of Chiton magnificus only one (0.13%), collected at Tres Playitas, Huasco, in January of 2015, presented anomalies (Table 1).
Wearing a long chiton, or tunic, of fine cloth, that falls in folds to her feet, the figure was first found on the Greek island of Samothrace, and is thought to have been created around 200-190 BC.
The hunter goddess Artemis: Bow and arrow, sandals, sheet for Greek "chiton" robe (find directions at ...
(8) Dionysos wears an ivy wreath and a himation (cloak) over his chiton that wraps around both shoulders so that his right hand is lost in the folds of the garment.
Biologists had known that some chiton species sprinkle their armored plates with simple-seeming eyespots.