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Definition of "chiton" [chi•ton]

  • 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. (noun)
  • A tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chiton" in a sentence
  • "Her purple chiton is gathered in classic folds across her bosom, and on her shoulders she wears a mantle of the same color."
  • "Her chiton was the crimson of the royal House of Apepi: it stood out brilliantly, a speck of colour in the bleakness of bare rock and sand."
  • "A young girl is about to join together on her left shoulder the chiton, which is fastened over the right shoulder by means of an agraffe."