silk gland

noun
silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders
Syn: ↑serictery, ↑sericterium
Hypernyms: ↑gland, ↑secretory organ, ↑secretor, ↑secreter
Part Holonyms: ↑silkworm, ↑giant silkworm, ↑wild wilkworm

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noun
: a gland that produces a viscid fluid which is extruded in filaments and on exposure to air hardens into silk: as
a. : either of a pair of greatly enlarged modified salivary glands of an insect larva that extend backward along the sides of the body and produce a compound filament from which is spun a larval or pupal cover (as a cocoon)
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

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any of several glands, as in various insects and spiders, that secrete a viscid protein substance which hardens into silk on contact with air.
[1865-70]

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silk gland noun
A gland (at a silkworm's mouth, on a spider's abdomen) from which silk is spun
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Main Entry:silk

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silk gland,
any gland which secretes the substance of silk, as in the silkworm or silk spider; sericterium.

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n. a gland in a silkworm, spider, or other arthropod that secretes the substance that hardens as threads of silk or web

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Silk gland — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silk gland — silk gland. См. шелковая железа. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • silk gland — noun Date: 1870 a gland that produces a viscid fluid which is extruded in filaments and hardens into silk on exposure to air: as a. either of a pair of greatly enlarged and modified salivary glands of an insect larva that produce a compound… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • silk gland — noun a gland in a silkworm, spider, or other arthropod that secretes the substance which hardens as threads of silk or web …   English new terms dictionary

  • silk gland — any of several glands, as in various insects and spiders, that secrete a viscid protein substance which hardens into silk on contact with air. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • Silk — Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk cotton — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk flower — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk fowl — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk gown — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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