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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