Uropygial
Uropygial U`ro*pyg"i*al, a. [See {Uropygium}.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the uropygium, or prominence at the base of the tail feathers, in birds. [1913 Webster]

{Uropygial gland}, a peculiar sebaceous gland at the base of the tail feathers in most birds. It secretes an oily fluid which is spread over the feathers by preening. [1913 Webster]


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  • uropygial — uropygial, iale, iaux [ yrɔpiʒjal, jo ] adj. • 1846; de 2. uro et pyge ♦ Zool. Du croupion des oiseaux. Plumes uropygiales. uropygial, ale, aux [yʀopiʒjal, o] adj. ÉTYM. 1834, dict. de Jourdan; de 2. uro , pyge « fesse, croupion », et suff. (i)al …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • uropygial — uropygial, ale ou uropygien, ienne (u ro pi ji al, a l ou u ro pi jiin, jiè n ) adj. Qui se rapporte au croupion. •   Les plumes uropygiales, CH. DUMONT Dict. des sc. nat. t. XVI, p. 120.    Glande uropygienne, la glande sébacée du croupion des… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • uropygial — /yoor euh pij ee euhl/, adj. Ornith. of or pertaining to the uropygium. [1865 70; UROPYGI(UM) + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • uropygial — adjective /jʊəɹə(ʊ)ˈpɪdʒɪəl/ Of or pertaining to the uropygium; on the rump …   Wiktionary

  • uropygial — uro·pyg·i·al …   English syllables

  • uropygial — /jurəˈpɪdʒiəl/ (say yoohruh pijeeuhl) adjective of or relating to the uropygium. {uropygi(um) + al1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • uropygial — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Uropygial gland — Uropygial U ro*pyg i*al, a. [See {Uropygium}.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the uropygium, or prominence at the base of the tail feathers, in birds. [1913 Webster] {Uropygial gland}, a peculiar sebaceous gland at the base of the tail feathers in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • uropygial gland — n. a large gland located at the base of the tail in most birds, that secretes an oil used in preening …   English World dictionary

  • Uropygial gland — The uropygial gland, or, more informally, the preen gland is a gland found in the large majority of birds that secretes an oil (preen oil) that birds use for preening. The chief compounds of preen oil are diester waxes called uropygiols.The gland …   Wikipedia

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