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EtymologyEdit

Latin pecten (comb). See pectinate.

AdjectiveEdit

pectinal (comparative more pectinal, superlative most pectinal)

  1. Of or relating to a comb; resembling a comb.

NounEdit

pectinal (plural pectinals)

  1. A fish whose bones resemble the teeth of a comb.
    • 1650, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica:
      Now although Galen in this place makes instance but in one, yet there are other fishes, whose eies regard the heavens, as Plane, and cartilagineous fishes, as pectinals, or such as have their bones made laterally like a comb; for when they apply themselves to sleep or rest upon the white side, their eies on the other side look upward toward heaven.

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