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

  • adj. Having projections resembling the teeth of a comb; comblike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a comb.
  • adj. Having segments which are greatly lengthened to one side.
  • adj. striate
  • n. An ester or salt formed of pectinic acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling the teeth of a comb.
  • adj. Having very narrow, close divisions, in arrangement and regularity resembling those of a comb; comblike. See Illust. (e) of Antennæ.
  • adj. Interlaced, like two combs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having teeth like a comb; formed as or into a pectination; comb-like in figure; pectinated: as, the pectinate muscles of the heart; pectinate scales of a fish; pectinate armature of the preoperculum.
  • Specifically— Having a pecten, pectination, or comb-like part or organ; pectinated: as, the pectinate claw of a bird.
  • In botany, having resemblance to the teeth of a comb, or arranged like them: specifically applied to a pinnatifid organ, particularly a leaf, with narrow close segments, like the teeth of a comb.
  • In botany, to form an interdigitated arrangement (see pectinated, 2): said of fibrovascular bundles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. like a comb


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