silk gland

noun

Definition of silk gland

: 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

Examples of silk gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 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, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 19 Aug. 2019

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Silk gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk%20gland. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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