from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A swollen, glandular, saddlelike region in the epidermis of certain annelid worms, such as the earthworm, that secretes a viscous fluid to form a cocoon for their eggs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A glandular swelling in the epidermis of some annelid worms; it secretes a viscous fluid in which the eggs are deposited.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, the saddle of an annelid, as the earthworm; a peculiar glandular ring around the body, resulting from the swelling and other modification of certain segments.
And their clitellum, a smooth band that all worms have, is in a different location.
Let us be like that famous Don Juan of the animal kingdom, the ten-hearted earthworm, and cultivate as many loves as our biology (or clockworks) will allow - then secrete a viscid egg sac into our clitellum and slide that junk right off our segmented, slithery body.
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