plural lady's-combs

Definition of lady's-comb

: a European herb (Scandix pectenveneris) with slender pointed fruits

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First Known Use of lady's-comb

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lady's-comb

intended as translation of Latin pecten Veneris, literally, Venus' comb

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“Lady's-comb.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc.,'s-comb. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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