elater definition by Webster's New World
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- an elastic filament that scatters the ripe spores, found in certain plants, as in the capsule of a liverwort
- click beetle
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek elatēr, driver ; from elaunein: see elastic
elater definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- An elaterid beetle.
- Botany A tiny elongated structure that forces the dispersal of spores by the absorption of moisture. It is either a band attached to the spore, as in horsetails, or a filament occurring among the spores, as in liverworts.
Origin: Greek elatēr, driver, from elaunein, to drive.
elater - Science Definition
A tiny elongated structure that helps disperse plant spores by coiling and uncoiling in response to changes in humidity. The elaters of horsetails are bands attached to the spore wall, while those of liverworts are sterile cells occurring among the spores.