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.

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.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.