gland etymology

English word gland comes from Proto-Indo-European *gʷelh₂-

Detailed word origin of gland

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gʷelh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
glandem Latin (lat)
gland English (eng) (botany) A secretory structure on the surface of an organ.. (zoology) An organ that synthesizes a substance, such as hormones or breast milk, and releases it, often into the bloodstream (endocrine gland) or into cavities inside the body or its outer surface (exocrine gland).