noun, plural pec·tens, pec·ti·nes [pek-tuh-neez] /ˈpɛk təˌniz/.
- a comblike part or process.
- a pigmented vascular membrane with parallel folds suggesting the teeth of a comb, projecting into the vitreous humor of the eye in birds and reptiles.
Origin of pecten
Examples from the Web for pecten
Historical Examples of pecten
Found on pecten shells, and abundant off the coast of Maine.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
The Scollop Shell (Pecten concentricus), used for card-racks and pin-cushions.Cape Cod
Henry D. Thoreau
"Scallops of the lesser sort" are probably Pecten opercularius and P. varius.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
The proximal part of the free edge of the pecten is somewhat swollen, and sections through this part have a club-shaped form.
On this day however a new structure appears, which remains permanently through life, and is known as the pecten.