pectoral

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pectorālis.

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pectoral (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest.
    the pectoral muscles
    • 1985, Stephen Marley, Managra, p 14:
      Clad in red robes and a gold pectoral cross, Agostini finally lowered his gaze as he crossed the marble floor.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      ... footballers, fashionable Counsel, corrupt parliamentarians, glistening Under Secretaries from helpful Whitehall Ministries, Greek shipowners, cockney hairdressers, unlisted maharajahs, drunk magistrates, venal mayors, ruling princes of countries that have ceased to exist, prelates in suède boots and pectoral crosses...
  2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs.
    • 1852, Theophilus Thompson, Annals of Influenza Or Epidemic Catarrhal Fever in Great Britain from 1510 to 1837 (page 107)
      But, in general, a few days' confinement, abstinence from flesh meat, and frequent sippings of some tepid pectoral drink, sufficed for the cure.
  3. (zoology) Having the breast conspicuously colored.
    the pectoral sandpiper

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Noun[edit]

pectoral (plural pectorals)

  1. A pectoral fin.
  2. Protective armor for a horse's breast.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 30:
      The Poitrinal, Pectoral, or Breast Plate was formed of plates of metal rivetted together, which covered the breast and shoulders of the horse, it was commonly adorned with foliage, or other ornaments engraved or embossed.
  3. A covering or protection for the breast.
  4. A breastplate, especially that worn by the Jewish high priest.
  5. (ecclesiastical) A clasp, cross, or ornamental square of cloth etc. worn upon the breast.
  6. A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pectorālis. Doublet of pitral.

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Adjective[edit]

pectoral (masculine and feminine plural pectorals)

  1. pectoral (of or pertaining to the breast or chest)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pectorālis. Doublet of poitrail.

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pectoral m (plural pectoraux)

  1. (anatomy) pectoral

Adjective[edit]

pectoral (feminine singular pectorale, masculine plural pectoraux, feminine plural pectorales)

  1. (anatomy) pectoral

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pectorālis. Doublet of the inherited petral, pretal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /peɡtoˈɾal/, [peɣt̪oˈɾal]

Adjective[edit]

pectoral (plural pectorales)

  1. pectoral (of or pertaining to the breast or chest)

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