- 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
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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.
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