pineal eye


noun

an eyelike structure that develops from the pineal apparatus in certain cold-blooded vertebrates.

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Also called third eye.

Origin of pineal eye

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for pineal eye

pineal eye

noun

an outgrowth of the pineal gland that forms an eyelike structure on the top of the head in certain cold-blooded vertebrates
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Scientific definitions for pineal eye

pineal eye
[ pĭnē-əl, pīnē-əl ]

A sensory structure capable of light reception, appearing as a spot on the top of the head in lampreys, hagfish, amphibians, and some reptiles, especially the tuatara. Pineal eyes can contain a rudimentary cornea, lens, cone cells, and retina, and are thought to be sensitive to light and dark but not to be able to form images.
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