from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shell-secreting organ of a mollusk.
  • n. An excretory organ of the lower crustaceans, as entomostracans, forming a looped canal in a mantle-like fold of the integument, one end being cæcal, the other opening beneath the mantle: so called from its position beneath the shell. See cuts under Apus and Daphnia.
  • n. In flatworms, the gland which supplies the material for the formation of egg-shells.


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  • Water Slaters with the "green gland" or "shell-gland" of other crustacea, assuming that the green gland has no efferent duct and appealing to the fact that the two organs occur "in the same place."

    Facts and Arguments for Darwin


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