[pee-ton] /ˈpi tɒn/

noun, Mountain Climbing.
a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.
/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

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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