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.

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Also called oil gland, preen gland.

Origin of uropygial gland

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for uropygial gland

uropygial gland

noun

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