Definition of oil gland in English:

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oil gland

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noun

1 Botany & Zoology A gland which secretes oil.
Example sentences
  • Flowers are yellow, pink or white, protogynous, herkogamous and sometimes lack oil glands.
  • And if you look closely you can identify the plant but the tiny oil glands visible in the larger leaves when you hold them up to the light.
  • Rosemary and thyme leaves contain oil glands which further protect them from heat and intensify their aromas when crushed.
1.1 Ornithology another term for preen gland.
Example sentences
  • To do this the bird twists its neck around 180° and dips its beak into a tiny oil gland right down at the back of its spine.
  • Rheas lack oil glands, and their feathers lack hooks, making them unusually soft.

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