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Pecten maximus Pilgermuschel, a scallop


From Latin pecten (comb).



pecten (plural pectens or pectines)

  1. (anatomy, obsolete) The bones in the hand between the wrist and the fingers. [15th–16th c.]
  2. (anatomy) The pubic bone.
  3. (anatomy) A comb structure.
  4. (zoology) One of the genus Pecten of scallops.

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pecten m (plural pectens)

  1. pecten (scallop)

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From Proto-Italic *pekten, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱten-s, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (pluck) (whence pecto). Cognate with Ancient Greek κτείς (kteís).



pecten m (genitive pectinis); third declension

  1. comb
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 1.405–406:
      Naidēs effusīs aliae sine pectinis ūsū,
      pars aderant positīs arte manūque cōmis
      The Naiad nymphs were there, some with locks dishevelled without the application of the comb,
      others with their hair arranged both with taste and labour.

      1851. The Fasti &c of Ovid. Trans. & notes by H. T. Riley. London: H. G. Bohn. pg. 27.
  2. pubic hair
  3. scallop


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pecten pectinēs
Genitive pectinis pectinum
Dative pectinī pectinibus
Accusative pectinem pectinēs
Ablative pectine pectinibus
Vocative pecten pectinēs

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  • pecten”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pecten”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pecten in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • pecten in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • pecten”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pecten”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin