formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections; comblike.
Also, pectinated.

1785–95; < Latin pectinātus past participle of pectināre to comb, equivalent to pectin-, stem of pecten (see pecten) + -ātus -ate1

pectinately, adverb
pectination, noun
subpectinate, adjective
subpectinated, adjective
subpectination, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pectinate
World English Dictionary
pectinate or pectinated (ˈpɛktɪˌneɪt)
shaped like a comb: pectinate antennae
[C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten]
pectinated or pectinated
[C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten]
pecti'nation or pectinated

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

pec'ti·na'tion n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
However, the presence of pectinate antennae can be useful in identifying similar looking species.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature