• WordNet 3.6
    • n chiton primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates
    • n chiton a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chiton An under garment among the ancient Greeks, nearly representing the modern shirt.
    • Chiton (Zoöl) One of a group of gastropod mollusks, with a shell composed of eight movable dorsal plates. See Polyplacophora.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chiton A tunic; a usual garment of both men and women among the ancient Greeks. The chiton was essentially an undergarment, though very frequently the only garment worn, and was made in widely different styles; either very short, and commonly confined at the waist by a belt, or falling in voluminous folds to the feet; and either sleeveless or, especially after the Persian wars, with short or long sleeves. The materials used were various, and either plain white or colored and embroidered.
    • n chiton In zoöl.: The typical genus of the family Chitonidæ (which see). In the older systems it was used for all the Chitonidæ or Polyplacophora, but in recent systems it is restricted to a small group of species.
    • n chiton A member of the genus Chiton or family Chitonidæ.
    • n chiton In zoology, an investing membrane or sheath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chiton kī′ton the ancient Greek tunic: a genus of marine molluscs.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a chiton (in sense 1)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chitōn, a tunic


In literature:

The molluscan genus Chiton offers a partially analogous case.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Quick, Selene, throw the chiton round me again.
"The Emperor, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Then she chose out a chiton, which, reaching only to her knees, gave her the appearance of a boy.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
Chiton is to be in charge of it under him.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
He tore his chiton from top to bottom and wrapped it about his mouth and nose.
"Buried Cities, Part 1, Pompeii" by Jennie Hall
Stately priests in long chitons paced to the music of flutes.
"Buried Cities, Part 2" by Jennie Hall
He tore his chiton from top to bottom and wrapped it about his mouth and nose.
"Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae" by Jennie Hall
A name for the chiton.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A tall stalwart figure dressed in short chiton.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
A development of the long chiton is the double-chiton.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Coincidently, the American's bound hands disappeared beneath the chiton.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
In some species there are also sensory papillae comparable to the aesthetes of Chitons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Two feet lower than the same, dead mussels, chitons, and limpets were abundant.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The only other example which we have of this metamerism in the Mollusca is presented by the Chitons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
You white-faced marvel, body of straight lines, Give me your necklace dropt inside your chiton.
"King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë" by Gordon Bottomley
The women wear a plain chiton, the men a chiton and mantle.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
She wore a chiton of shimmering, transparent fabric from the looms of Amorgos.
"The Golden Hope" by Robert H. Fuller
Tears sprang to her eyes, and she sat there just as I had seen her in my dream, save that she wore the usual chiton.
"The Woman Who Vowed" by Ellison Harding
This Chiton was discovered by Mr. Bowen, surgeon of the Beagle, by whom it was presented to me.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
They are connected with each other, rather like the pedal nerves of Chiton and the lower Prosobranchiata, by a number of commissures.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour