Borrowed from Latin pectinātus (“combed”), mid 18th c.
pectinate (not comparable)
- Resembling a comb.
- Having segments which are greatly lengthened to one side.
- The moth's antennae were pectinate in shape, set with long teeth along one edge only.
- (mycology) striate
pectinate (plural pectinates)
- (chemistry) An ester or salt formed of pectinic acid.
- ^ “pectinate”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.