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pectinate

[pek-tuh-neyt] /ˈpɛk təˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections; comblike.
Also, pectinated.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin pectinātus past participle of pectināre to comb, equivalent to pectin-, stem of pecten (see pecten) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
pectinately, adverb
pectination, noun
subpectinate, adjective
subpectinated, adjective
subpectination, noun
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  • However, the presence of pectinate antennae can be useful in identifying similar looking species.
British Dictionary definitions for pectinate

pectinate

/ˈpɛktɪˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped like a comb: pectinate antennae
Derived Forms
pectination, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten
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pectinate in Medicine

pectinate pec·ti·nate (pěk'tə-nāt') or pec·ti·nat·ed (-nā'tĭd)
adj.
Having projections resembling the teeth of a comb; comblike.


pec'ti·na'tion n.
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