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Pecten \Pec"ten\, n. [L. pecten, -inis, a comb, a kind of
shellfish. See {Pectinate}.]
1. (Anat.)
(a) A vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the
vitreous humor within the globe of the eye in birds,
and in many reptiles and fishes; -- also called
(b) The pubic bone.
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2. (Zool.) Any species of bivalve mollusks of the genus
{Pecten}, and numerous allied genera (family
{Pectinid[ae]}); a scallop. See {Scallop}.
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3. (Zool.) The comb of a scorpion. See {Comb}, 4
(b) .
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marsupium \mar*su"pi*um\, n.; pl. {marsupia}. [L., a pouch],
(Anat. & Zool.)
(a) The pouch, formed by a fold of the skin of the abdomen,
in which marsupials carry their young; also, a pouch for
similar use in other animals, as certain Crustacea.
(b) The pecten in the eye of birds and reptiles. See
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