noun (plural pectens /ˈpektnz/ or pectines /ˈpektnēz/)Zoology
- 1.1A pigmented vascular projection from the choroid in the eye of a bird.More example sentences
- The pecten forms the staff of the pigeon's omniscient sight.
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- Many species have thickly feathered legs; their well-developed talons have a smooth edge on the claw of the third toe (in contrast to the pectinate claw of the tytonids), which is longer than the second toe.
- The most striking difference is the elimination of the postcranially primitive clade of hominoids in the early Miocene in favor of a pectinate succession of taxa.
- They have long legs, and their inner toe, which is as long as the middle one, has a pectinate claw.
Pronunciation: /ˈpektənit, -ˌnāt/adjective
late Middle English (denoting the metacarpus): from Latin pecten, pectin- 'a comb, rake'.
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