- an elastic filament that scatters the ripe spores, found in certain plants, as in the capsule of a liverwort
- click beetle
Origin of elaterModern Latin ; from Classical Greek elatēr, driver ; from elaunein: see elastic
- 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 of elaterGreek elatēr, driver, from elaunein, to drive.
- That which elates.
elate + -er
From New Latin elater, from Ancient Greek ἐλατήρ (elater, “driver, that which drives away”)