from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plural of pecten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of pecten.
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This drum which they use is made out of a piece of hollow wood, which must be either fir, pine, or birch, and which grows in such a particular place that it follows the course of the sun; that is, the pectines, fibræ, and lineæ in the annual rings of the wood must wind from right to left.
In the very thickest strata of our freestone, and at considerable depths, well-diggers often find large scallops or pectines, having both shells deeply striated, and ridged and furrowed alternately.