Origin of oil gland
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for oil gland
Perhaps the entire absence of the oil-gland in fantail pigeons may be connected with the great development of their tails.
Nitzsch, on the absence of the oil-gland in certain Columb, i. 147.
Sever the backbone at the joint, and then you have all the root of the tail, together with the oil-gland, dissected from the body.Wanderings in South America
In two tailless fowls which I examined the oil-gland was aborted.
Tail expanded, directed upwards, formed of many feathers; oil-gland aborted; body and beak rather short.
- A gland, such as a sebaceous gland, that secretes an oily substance.
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