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Merriam Webster's

noun (plural pectens) Etymology: New Latin pectin-, pecten, from Latin, comb, scallop Date: 1682 1. scallop 1a 2. plural usually pectines a body part that resembles a comb; especially a folded vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the vitreous humor in the eye of a bird or reptile

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. pectens or pectines) Zool. 1 a comblike structure of various kinds in animal bodies. 2 any bivalve mollusc of the genus Pecten. Also called SCALLOP. Derivatives: pectinate adj. pectinated adj. pectination n. (all in sense 1). Etymology: L pecten pectinis comb

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pecten Pec"ten, n. [L. pecten, -inis, a comb, a kind of shellfish. See Pectinate.] 1. (Anat.) (a) 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. (b) The pubic bone. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of bivalve mollusks of the genus Pecten, and numerous allied genera (family Pectinid[ae]); a scallop. See Scallop. 3. (Zo["o]l.) The comb of a scorpion. See Comb, 4 (b) .



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