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pectinate

[ pek-tuh-neyt ]

adjective

  1. formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections that resemble the teeth of a comb.


pectinate

/ ˈpɛktɪˌneɪt /

adjective

  1. shaped like a comb

    pectinate antennae



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Derived Forms

  • ˌpectiˈnation, noun

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Other Words From

  • pecti·nately adverb
  • pecti·nation noun
  • sub·pecti·nate adjective
  • sub·pecti·nated adjective
  • subpec·ti·nation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pectinate1

First recorded in 1785–95; from Latin pectinātus, past participle of pectināre “to comb, rake” equivalent to pectin-, stem of pecten “comb, rake” + -ātus past participle suffix; pecten, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pectinate1

C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten

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Example Sentences

"I don't suppose you know that the antennæ of that silvery-winged moth are distinctly pectinate," I said.

Pectinate ligament, to the rightof which is the angle of the chamber.F.

The end branchlets are acute and pectinate (pecten, a comb), or arranged like the teeth of a comb.

A ctenoid scale differs in having its posterior margin pectinate.

The legs are four pairs; they are hairy, and terminated by two or three claws, which are fringed with minute teeth, or pectinate.

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