One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a chiton: any of the sensory structures found within micropores in the tegmentum of the valves.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Nottidge Moseley (1844–1891), naturalist. From micro- + ancient Greek αἰσθητής person who perceives, here used for ‘organ of sense’; see quot. 1885.
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