One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a pecten or scallop; belonging to or characteristic of the family Pectinidae or related families.
A pectinoid bivalve.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From classical Latin pectin-, pecten scallop + -oid, after scientific Latin pectinoidae (plural), pectinoides (E. M. da Costa Elem. Conchol 263, 292). With the adjective compare earlier pectiniform.
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