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pectoral muscles
  relating to the chest
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pectoral pectorals
The large chest muscles are called "pectoral muscles" (pectoralis major) — often shortened to "pecs".

Do not be confused by a fish’s pectoral fin which is not related to the chest.
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  • pectoral muscles
  • The gymnast suffered a severe pectoral tear.
  • wore a pectoral cross
  • He dropped the jacket and pulled his T-shirt off over his head; the collar caught for a moment, and Clary just stared, suddenly hyperaware of the fact that they were alone, and of his body: honey-colored skin mapped with old and new Marks, a fading scar just under the curve of his left pectoral muscle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • "Your pectorals are a little tight too," Wren said, and, horrifyingly, moved his hand to the front of her body.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Where his pectoral muscles should be, he has a breast weighed down with the words of human beings: by words interred, free-as-a-bird absurd, unheard!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Under that, the poster showed the leading man—a three-quarters shot of bare-chested bronze flesh, with ripped pectorals and six-pack abs.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • She traced her index finger down the line between his pectoral muscles, across his flat washboard stomach.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He was six feet high, his pectoral muscles were of marble, his biceps of brass, his breath was that of a cavern, his torso that of a colossus, his head that of a bird.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Blinded, and sick with pain from his head wound, the master stroked each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giant’s blind hands blundering never found.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • Got a pectoral trauma, eh, Dix?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He grew in both height and musculature, developing flawless pectorals and massive, sinewy legs, which he kept perfectly tanned.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • So he knew the fish had turned east of north Now that he had seen him once, he could picture the fish swimming in the water with his purple pectoral fins set wide as wings and the great erect tail slicing through the dark.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • There was a moment of dead silence, while the bishop’s hand strayed vaguely to his pectoral cross and Gawaine’s clenched itself in the bed clothes.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • You know …. flat bellies, pectorals ….
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Designer pectorals.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The knives were not sharpened, nor the floors waxed; there were iron gratings to the windows and strong bars across the fireplace; the little Homais, in spite of their spirit, could not stir without someone watching them; at the slightest cold their father stuffed them with pectorals; and until they were turned four they all, without pity, had to wear wadded head-protectors.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Because powerful men inspire fear, they usually have very few friends and almost never have developed the soft skills necessary to make friends; they have spent too much time developing their pectoral muscles.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She had remarkable pectoral muscles and a lava-lava just suited her.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • She was pressing it to her left pectoral muscle, above her breast.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Both of them had very black and clean-looking hair and well-developed pectorals and biceps, as seen through their light shirts.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The fish had a flat head, round body, and the lower extremities covered with bony scales; its mouth was wholly without teeth, the pectoral fins, which were highly developed, sprouted direct from the body, which properly speaking had no tail.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • I couldn’t stop marveling at these animals so perfectly cut out for racing, their heads small, their bodies sleek, spindle–shaped, and in some cases over three meters long, their pectoral fins gifted with remarkable strength, their caudal fins forked.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He’ll tell you," I said, and watched him head toward the door, a wonderfully set-up fellow in dirty white duck trousers, sandals, and a pale-blue short-sleeved silky sport shirt that stuck to the damp pectoral muscles and almost popped over the brown biceps.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He nodded very slightly, pushed off the lockers, and walked away to attend his first-period class: The Care and Feeding of Pectoral Muscles.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • I have made a pervaginal examination and, after application of the acid test to 5427 anal, axillary, pectoral and pubic hairs, I declare him to be virgo intacta.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • His dorsal fin was down and his huge pectorals were spread wide On this circle the old man could see the fish.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • He could see their wide, flattened, shovel-pointed heads now and their white tipped wide pectoral fins.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • 5Then while the old man was clearing the lines and preparing the harpoon, [49] the male fish jumped high into the air beside the boat to see where the female was and then went down deep, his lavender wings, that were his pectoral fins, spread wide and all his wide lavender stripes showing.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • From the fish branch there were manta rays, enormous cartilaginous fish ten feet long and weighing 600 pounds, their pectoral fin triangular, their midback slightly arched, their eyes attached to the edges of the face at the front of the head; they floated like wreckage from a ship, sometimes fastening onto our windows like opaque shutters.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …globefish, genuine porcupines of the sea, armed with stings and able to inflate themselves until they look like a pin cushion bristling with needles; seahorses common to every ocean; flying dragonfish with long snouts and highly distended pectoral fins shaped like wings, which enable them, if not to fly, at least to spring into the air; spatula–shaped paddlefish whose tails are covered with many scaly rings; snipefish with long jaws, excellent animals twenty–five centimeters long…
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …with many scaly rings; snipefish with long jaws, excellent animals twenty–five centimeters long and gleaming with the most cheerful colors; bluish gray dragonets with wrinkled heads; myriads of leaping blennies with black stripes and long pectoral fins, gliding over the surface of the water with prodigious speed; delicious sailfish that can hoist their fins in a favorable current like so many unfurled sails; splendid nurseryfish on which nature has lavished yellow, azure, silver, and…
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …that were a type of cartilaginous fish closer to the shark, trunkfish known as dromedaries that were one and a half feet long and had humps ending in backward–curving stings, serpentine moray eels with silver tails and bluish backs plus brown pectorals trimmed in gray piping, a species of butterfish called the fiatola decked out in thin gold stripes and the three colors of the French flag, Montague blennies four decimeters long, superb jacks handsomely embellished by seven black…
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Among the latter I observed a species of dogfish called the cow shark that’s equipped with six respiratory slits, the telescope fish with its enormous eyes, the armored gurnard with gray thoracic fins plus black pectoral fins and a breastplate protected by pale red slabs of bone, then finally the grenadier, living at a depth of 1,200 meters, by that point tolerating a pressure of 120 atmospheres.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "Tertio," Conseil said, "the subbrachians, whose pelvic fins are attached under the pectorals and hang directly from the shoulder bone.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …in reversed direction waistcoat, trousers, shirt and vest along the medial line of irregular incrispated black hairs extending in triangular convergence from the pelvic basin over the circumference of the abdomen and umbilicular fossicle along the medial line of nodes to the intersection of the sixth pectoral vertebrae, thence produced both ways at right angles and terminating in circles described about two equidistant points, right and left, on the summits of the mammary prominences.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …in velvet and silk, golden angelfish passed before our eyes like courtiers in the paintings of Veronese; spurred gilthead stole by with their swift thoracic fins; thread herring fifteen inches long were wrapped in their phosphorescent glimmers; gray mullet thrashed the sea with their big fleshy tails; red salmon seemed to mow the waves with their slicing pectorals; and silver moonfish, worthy of their name, rose on the horizon of the waters like the whitish reflections of many moons.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …jagged sting; small one–meter sharks with gray and whitish hides, their teeth arranged in several backward–curving rows, fish commonly known by the name carpet shark; batfish, a sort of reddish isosceles triangle half a meter long, whose pectoral fins are attached by fleshy extensions that make these fish look like bats, although an appendage made of horn, located near the nostrils, earns them the nickname of sea unicorns; lastly, a couple species of triggerfish, the cucuyo whose…
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "Secundo," Conseil went on, "the abdominals, whose pelvic fins hang under the abdomen to the rear of the pectorals but aren’t attached to the shoulder bone, an order that’s divided into five families and makes up the great majority of freshwater fish.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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