Pectinate Pec"ti*na`te, Pectinated Pec"ti*na`ted, a. [L. pectinatus, p. pr. of pectinare to comb, from pecten, -inis, a comb; cf. Gr. ? to comb, AS. feax hair, OHG. fahs, E. paxwax.] 1. Resembling the teeth of a comb. [1913 Webster]

2. (Nat. Hist.) Having very narrow, close divisions, in arrangement and regularity resembling those of a comb; comblike; as, a pectinate leaf; pectinated muscles. See Illust. (e) of {Antenn[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

3. Interlaced, like two combs. [R.] ``Our fingers pectinated, or shut together.'' --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

{Pectinate claw} (Zo["o]l.), a claw having a serrate edge, found in some birds, and supposed to be used in cleaning the feathers. [1913 Webster]

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  • pectinate — [pek′tə nāt΄] adj. [L pectinatus, pp. of pectinare, to comb < pecten: see PECTEN] having toothlike projections like those on a comb: also pectinated pectination n …   English World dictionary

  • pectinate — adjective Etymology: Latin pectinatus, from pectin , pecten comb; akin to Greek kten , kteis comb Date: 1793 having narrow parallel projections or divisions suggestive of the teeth of a comb < pectinate antennae > • pectination noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pectinate — 1. adjective /ˈpɛktəneɪt/ a) Resembling a comb. The beetles antennae had a pectinate shape. b) Having segments which are greatly lengthened to one side. 2. noun /ˈpɛktəneɪt/ An ester or …   Wiktionary

  • pectinate — 1. Combed; comb shaped. SYN: pectiniform. 2. In fungi, used to describe a particular type of branching hyphae in cultures of dermatophytes. * * * pec·ti·nate pek tə .nāt adj having narrow parallel projections or divisions suggestive of the teeth… …   Medical dictionary

  • pectinate — comb like …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pectinate — adj. [L. pecten, comb] 1. Having branches or processes like a comb. 2. Of claws; having teeth …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pectinate — pectinately, adv. pectination, n. /pek teuh nayt /, adj. formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections; comblike. Also, pectinated. [1785 95; < L pectinatus ptp. of pectinare to comb, equiv to pectin , s. of pecten (see PECTEN) +… …   Universalium

  • pectinate — (Order Isopoda): Having teeth like a comb [Kensley and Schotte, 1989] …   Crustacea glossary

  • pectinate —   Comb like; with closely spaced, narrow segments, e.g. the megasporophyll margins of Cycas pectinata …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • pectinate — pec·ti·nate …   English syllables

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