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comb

1. a vascular, red cutaneous structure attached in a sagittal plane to the dorsum of the skull of domestic fowl. It consists of a base attached to the skull, a central mass called the body, a backward projecting blade and upward projecting points.
2. part of mechanical sheep shears.
3. see ctenidium.

buttercup comb
has no blade and is divided sagittally. It is cup-shaped with points arranged around the cup.
cushion comb
a low, small, oval, smooth body with no points.
nasal comb
the red, vascular structure across the base of the beak in the turkey. Called also snood, frontal process.
pea comb
has three blades with a row of points arising from each.
rose comb
a low elongated comb from which many small points arise. There is a backward projecting spike in lieu of a blade.
Silkie comb
similar to the V-comb but without points.
single comb
has all of the components without variation; the standard comb.
strawberry comb
a small, oval, flattened comb with a wrinkled surface.
V-comb
two large, conical points diverge from a sizeable body. Usually accompanies a crest of feathers.
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And yet," said Smee, "I have often heard you say that hook was worth a score of hands, for combing the hair and other homely uses.
A temporary easement of the Arangi's rolling gave him his opportunity, so that his forefeet were over the high combing of the companion when the next big roll came.
On the looking-glass were lists of definitions and pronunciations; when shaving, or dressing, or combing his hair, he conned these lists over.
Then she worked back, port tack and starboard tack, crisscrossing her track, combing the sea for the Acteon Islands, which the masthead lookouts failed to sight.
She went on combing and oiling his beard as composedly as ever.
And through it all moved the Iron Heel, impassive and deliberate, shaking up the whole fabric of the social structure in its search for the comrades, combing out the Mercenaries, the labor castes, and all its secret services, punishing without mercy and without malice, suffering in silence all retaliations that were made upon it, and filling the gaps in its fighting line as fast as they appeared.
And there he saw a lady combing her hair, and looking in a mirror.
Every night before I go to bed, I look out of my window and wonder if the dryad is really sitting here, combing her locks with the spring for a mirror.