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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. 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.

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  • 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.

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

    Ze Widow, She Is Black

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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

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

    Rot & Ruin

  • 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

  • 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

  • It advances slowly on its clattering chitinous legs, ravenous, implacable, its pincers snapping . . .

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