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uropygial gland

noun, Ornithology.
1.
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
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70
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British Dictionary definitions for uropygial gland

uropygial gland

noun
1.
a gland, situated at the base of the tail in most birds, that secretes oil used in preening
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