In Greek mythology, a son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, who lives with his parents in a golden palace at the bottom of the sea. Triton usually figures as an attendant on his father, a man in his upper parts with a dolphin's tail, and soothing the turbulent waves by blowing his shell-trumpet The later poets speak of Tritons, in the plural, as a race of subordinate sea-deities, who are described by Pausanias as having sea-green hair and eyes, gills below the ears, human noses, broad mouths with the teeth of animals, scales on their bodies, and instead of feet a tail like that of a dolphin. Some have a dolphin's tail and horse's fore-feet (Centauro-tritons).
Related entry• Triton, moon of Neptune (Encyclopedia of Science)
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