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pectinate

[ pek-tuh-neyt ]
/ ˈpɛk təˌneɪt /
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adjective
formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections that resemble the teeth of a comb.
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Sometimes pec·ti·nat·ed [pek-tuh-ney-tid] /ˈpɛk təˌneɪ tɪd/ .

Origin of pectinate

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; see pecten, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for pectinate

pectinate

pectinated

/ (ˈpɛktɪˌneɪt) /

adjective
shaped like a combpectinate antennae

Derived forms of pectinate

pectination, noun

Word Origin for pectinate

C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten
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Medical definitions for pectinate

pectinate
[ pĕktə-nāt′ ]

adj.
Having projections resembling the teeth of a comb; comblike.

Other words from pectinate

pec′ti•nation n.
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