from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A body structure or organ resembling a comb, such as a pleated vascularized structure in a bird's eye that projects into the vitreous humor from the retina.
  • noun A scallop of the genus Pecten.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The pubic bone.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any species of bivalve mollusks of the genus Pecten, and numerous allied genera (family Pectinidæ); a scallop. See Scallop.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The comb of a scorpion. See Comb, 4 (b).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy, obsolete The bones in the hand between the wrist and the fingers.
  • noun anatomy The pubic bone.
  • noun zoology One of the genus Pecten of scallops.


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

[Latin pecten, pectin-, comb.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin pecten ("comb")



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