from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the glands in silk-spinning insects and spiders that secrete a protein liquid that hardens into silk on exposure to air.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a gland which secretes the material of silk, as in spider or a silkworm; a sericterium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any gland which secretes the substance of silk, as in the silkworm or silk-spider; a sericterium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders
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