nounWord forms: plural ˈpiˌtons (ˈpiˌtɑnz
; pēˈtänzˌ; French piˈtɔ̃̃; pētōnˈ)
a metal spike with an eye
to which a rope can be secured: it is driven into rock or ice for support in mountain climbing
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Word origin of 'piton'Fr < MFr, a spike, pointed object, akin to OIt pizza, a point