- a vascular mass of tissue on the retina of the eye of many birds and reptiles
- any comblike structure, as a part of the stridulating organ of some spiders
Origin of pectenClassical Latin a comb ; from pectere, to comb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pe-, to pull wool or hair, shorn animal, cattle from source fee
nounpl. pec·tens or pec·ti·nes
- A body structure or organ resembling a comb, such as a pleated vascularized structure in a bird's eye that projects into the vitreous humor from the retina.
- A scallop of the genus Pecten.
Origin of pectenLatin pecten, pectin-, comb.
- (anatomy) The pubic bone.
- (zoology) One of the genus Pecten of scallops.
From Latin pecten (“comb”)