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Triton

[trahyt-n] /ˈtraɪt n/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, represented as having the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish, and as using a conch-shell trumpet.
2.
Astronomy. a moon of Neptune.
3.
(lowercase) any of various marine gastropods of the family Cymatiidae, having a large, spiral, often beautifully colored shell.
4.
(lowercase) the shell of a triton.
Related forms
Tritonic
[trahy-ton-ik] /traɪˈtɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tritonic

triton1

/ˈtraɪtən/
noun
1.
any of various chiefly tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genera Charonia, Cymatium, etc, having large beautifully-coloured spiral shells
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek tritōn

triton2

/ˈtraɪtɒn/
noun
1.
(physics) a nucleus of an atom of tritium, containing two neutrons and one proton
Word Origin
C20: from trit(ium) + -on

Triton1

/ˈtraɪtən/
noun (Greek myth)
1.
a sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, depicted as having the upper parts of a man with a fish's tail and holding a trumpet made from a conch shell
2.
one of a class of minor sea deities

Triton2

/ˈtraɪtən/
noun
1.
the largest satellite of the planet Neptune. Diameter: 2700 km
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Triton

minor sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, from Greek Triton, cognate with Old Irish triath (genitive trethan) "sea."

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Encyclopedia Article for tritonic

triton

nucleus of the heaviest hydrogen isotope, tritium, or hydrogen-3. Tritons, which consist of one proton and two neutrons, result from certain nuclear reactions. The collision of a deuteron with another deuteron, for example, sometimes produces a proton and a triton. See also tritium.

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