from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of or having the nature of chitin.
  • Containing chitin in greater or less proportion: in the articulate animals, applied to any definitely hardened part of the integument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the nature of chitin; consisting of, or containing, chitin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Made of, pertaining to, or resembling chitin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or resembling chitin


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  • Even as you read these lines (relativistically speaking), some alien eye or eyes, perhaps set in chitinous, horny lids, are perplexedly scanning one of a pair of argyles which you lost last Tuesday.

    Boing Boing: September 19, 2004 - September 25, 2004 Archives 2004

  • Owing to its peculiar nature, the hard outer skin, which is of horny, or, as it is called, 'chitinous' nature, cannot grow gradually, and so the skin has to be cast off periodically.

    Chatterbox, 1905. Various

  • Red and very clear, it shone on her chitinous tummy.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Heather McDougal 2009

  • Entirely more disturbing was the fact that in lonesome quarters I had on a number of occasions already encountered members of his chitinous league.

    Locust Valley Breakdown Andrew Edwards 2012

  • Present also was that rare grimoire the Nan-quo, which told of such as as the Mohicans had relayed of chitinous mountain monsters when first they had congress with the Dutch south of Fort Orange.

    Perquampi Andrew Edwards 2011

  • Red and very clear, it shone on her chitinous tummy.

    Ze Widow, She Is Black Heather McDougal 2009

  • The head of the thing was not that of a locust but a different, bright-eyed presence not human or animal but chitinous, alien, fanged, stony and sleek in aspect.

    Abomination at the Shilkie Andrew Edwards 2011

  • Leaves and other debris covered it, and the chitinous carcasses of dead bugs were littered around.

    Rot & Ruin Jonathan Maberry 2010

  • She glanced around the room, jumped at the sound of leaves skittering on the tiles, so much like the chitinous scuttle of cockroaches.

    When Rose Wakes Christopher Golden 2010

  • The petals were delicate and intricately layered, like a rose, and possessed of a fragile beauty at odds with the chitinous stems from which they grew, but Lily knew nothing of that.

    The Sisters and the Seeds « A Fly in Amber 2008


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