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A large mollusc which has a tall spiral shell with a large aperture, living in tropical and subtropical seas.
- ‘All were available in plain or patinated brass or copper, and they included a variety of shells, such as Philippine, chiton, limpet, melon, triton, sea conch, and nautilus.’
- ‘Various environmental factors have favoured this population explosion, but one of the main causes is the popularity among collectors of the triton's shell.’
- ‘When he eventually bobbed back up at the surface, we swam over to join him and to admire his catch - a huge triton shell.’
Late 18th century: from Triton.
A nucleus of a tritium atom, consisting of a proton and two neutrons.
- ‘The raw spectra of protons, deuterons, tritons and alpha particles were fitted with a three moving source prescription.’
- ‘Recent experimental data have shown that the same model systematically overpredicts the deuteron and triton yields observed at higher excitation energies up to 405 MeV.’
- ‘Protons, deuterons, and tritons would begin fusing with each other, releasing more energy, and initiating other fusion reactions among other hydrogen isotopes.’
1940s: from tritium + -on.
A minor sea god usually represented as a man with a fish's tail and carrying a trident and shell-trumpet.
The largest satellite of Neptune, the seventh closest to the planet and having a retrograde orbit and a thin nitrogen atmosphere, discovered in 1846 (diameter 2,700 km).
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