Pec"ti*na`te (?), Pec"ti*na`ted (?), a. [L. pectinatus, p.pr. of pectinare to comb, from pecten, -inis, a comb; cf. Gr. to comb, AS. feax hair, OHG. fahs, E. paxwax.]
Resembling the teeth of a comb.
2. Nat. Hist.
Having very narrow, close divisions, in arrangement and regularity resembling those of a comb; comblike; as, a pectinate leaf; pectinated muscles. See Illust. (e) of Antennae.
Interlaced, like two combs.
[R.] "Our fingers pectinated
, or shut together."
Sir T. Browne.
Pectinate claw Zool., a claw having a serrate edge, found in some birds, and supposed to be used in cleaning the feathers.
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