Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A body structure or organ resembling a comb, as the ridged part of the eyelid of reptiles and birds.
  • n. A scallop of the genus Pecten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bones in the hand between the wrist and the fingers.
  • n. The pubic bone.
  • n. One of the genus Pecten of scallops.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the vitreous humor within the globe of the eye in birds, and in many reptiles and fishes; -- also called marsupium.
  • n. The pubic bone.
  • n. Any species of bivalve mollusks of the genus Pecten, and numerous allied genera (family Pectinidæ); a scallop. See Scallop.
  • n. The comb of a scorpion. See Comb, 4 (b).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology and anatomy, a comb or comb-like part or process; something pectinated; a pectination.
  • In conchology: [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of the family Pectinidæ, having a regular, suborbicular, auriculate shell, with approximate umbones, and radiating ribs compared to the teeth of a comb; the scallops.

Etymologies

Latin pecten, pectin-, comb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pecten ("comb") (Wiktionary)

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  • In conchology: "P. maximus is a common edible scallop of Great Britain, also called clam queen and frill. P. opercularis is another British species, also called quin. P. jacobæus, known as St. James shell, a Mediterranean species, used to be worn as a badge or emblem by pilgrims to the Holy Land. See pilgrim-shell." (From the Century Dictionary.)

    April 8, 2011