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[pee-ton] /ˈpi tɒn/
noun, Mountain Climbing.
a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.
Origin of piton
1895-1900; < French: ringbolt, peak (of a mountain) Unabridged
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  • In your hand is an ice hammer, and a piton or ice screw for securing a belay rope to the top.
British Dictionary definitions for piton


/ˈpiːtɒn; French pitɔ̃/
(mountaineering) a metal spike that may be driven into a crevice of rock or into ice and used to secure a rope
Word Origin
C20: from French: ringbolt
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Word Origin and History for piton

1898, from French piton "hook, peak of a mountain, piton, eyebolt," in Old French "nail, hook," from Vulgar Latin root *pitt- "point, peak" [Barnhart].

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