One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in some reptiles and lower vertebrates) an eye-like structure on the top of the head, covered by almost transparent skin and derived from or linked to the pineal.
- ‘Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that larval blind cavefish retain a functioning pineal eye that is capable of detecting light.’
- ‘A pineal eye was present, although not usually open to the surface.’
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