from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loose, woolen tunic, worn by both men and women in Ancient Greece.
- n. Any of various rock-clinging marine molluscs of the class Polyplacophora, including the genus Chiton.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An under garment among the ancient Greeks, nearly representing the modern shirt.
- n. One of a group of gastropod mollusks, with a shell composed of eight movable dorsal plates. See Polyplacophora.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tunic; a usual garment of both men and women among the ancient Greeks.
- n. In zoöl.: The typical genus of the family Chitonidæ (which see).
- n. A member of the genus Chiton or family Chitonidæ.
- n. In zoology, an investing membrane or sheath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates
- n. a woolen 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χιτών (khitōn, "tunic"), from a Central Semitic *kittan, from the Akkadian (kitû) / (kita’um, "flax", "linen"), from Sumerian (gada) / (gida). (Wiktionary)
From New Latin chiton. See above. (Wiktionary)