adj. [Gr. chiton, tunic]
Composed of or resembling chitin, a colorless, hard amorphous compound; seen as the principal constituent of the hard covering of insects and crustaceans, the horny material as in the ligament of bivalve mollusks, the internal shell remnant of the squids and the horny operculum of many gastropods.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Chitinous — Chi ti*nous, a. Having the nature of chitin; consisting of, or containing, chitin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chitinous — adjective see chitin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chitinous — See chitin. * * * …   Universalium

  • chitinous — adjective Made of, pertaining to, or resembling chitin …   Wiktionary

  • chitinous — Of or relating to chitin. * * * chi·tin·ous (kiґtin əs) composed of or of the nature of chitin …   Medical dictionary

  • chitinous — adj. pertaining to chitin (horny material covering the bodies of arthropods) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chitinous — chi·tin·ous …   English syllables

  • chitinous — adjective of or resembling chitin • Pertains to noun: ↑chitin • Derivationally related forms: ↑chitin …   Useful english dictionary

  • chitinous cradle — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Chitinized arms or bars that form the endoskeleton of the head of scale insects …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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