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Definition of "pecten" []

  • A body structure or organ resembling a comb, as the ridged part of the eyelid of reptiles and birds. (noun)
  • A scallop of the genus Pecten. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pecten" in a sentence
  • "The pecten is shaved either without or after using depilatories, of which more presently."
  • "What birds have instead is a strange structure inside their eye called the pecten oculi, which looks kind of like an old steam radiator dangling into the vitreous humor, which seems to be a metabolic specialization to secrete oxygen and nutrients into the vitreous to supply by diffusion the retina."
  • "Here, however, Habk is a pennyroyal (mentha puligium), and probably alludes to the pecten."
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