Definition of pecten in English:

pecten

noun

Zoology
  • 1Any of a number of comblike structures occurring in animal bodies, in particular.

    1. 1.1 A pigmented vascular projection from the choroid in the eye of a bird.
      • ‘The pecten forms the staff of the pigeon's omniscient sight.’
    2. 1.2 An appendage of an insect consisting of or bearing a row of bristles or chitinous teeth.
    3. 1.3 A sensory appendage on the underside of a scorpion.
  • 2A scallop.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the metacarpus): from Latin pecten, pectin- a comb, rake.

Pronunciation:

pecten

/ˈpekt(ə)n/