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uropygial gland

noun, Ornithology
a gland opening on the back at the base of the tail in most birds that secretes an oily fluid used by the bird in preening its feathers.
Also called oil gland, preen gland.
Origin of uropygial gland
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for uropygial gland
  • Research in those days centered on bird migration, physiological ecology, and anatomy of the avian uropygial gland.
  • Dippers have a relatively large uropygial gland or preen gland to maintain waterproof feathers.
British Dictionary definitions for uropygial gland

uropygial gland

a gland, situated at the base of the tail in most birds, that secretes oil used in preening
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