silk gland

noun

: a gland that produces a viscid fluid which is extruded in filaments and hardens into silk on exposure to air: such as
a
: either of a pair of greatly enlarged and modified salivary glands of an insect larva that produce a compound filament from which a larval or pupal cover (such as a cocoon) is spun
b
: any of two or more abdominal glands of a spider that open through spinnerets and produce a filament used chiefly in the spinning of webs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The versatile fiber is made from a mixture of complex proteins in the spider's silk gland and dispensed at quite a clip--an individual spider can produce up to 100 yards of silk a day--from its spinnerets. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silk gland was in 1870

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“Silk gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk%20gland. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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