- n. Plural form of pectoral fin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) fins situated on the sides, behind the gills. See
“I imagine the knee of a hollowed knot halfway along it deflecting the current, making an eddy, a little aquatic sheep-space in which a miller’s thumb might hunker down, all gills and pectoral fins and wide, ugly mouth.”
“The head is decorated with bands of pink, orange and green; the pectoral fins are pale green with a bold medial stripe of puce, and the tail is a study of blue-green and puce.”
“As its name indicates, it has fin-like hands; that is to say, the pectoral fins are supported by a kind of long wrist-like appendage, and the rays of the ventrals are not unlike rude fingers.”
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