Elater meaning

ĕlə-tər
An elaterid beetle.
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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.
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An elastic filament that scatters the ripe spores, found in certain plants, as in the capsule of a liverwort.
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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.
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That which elates.
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(botany) A long, slender cell produced among spores and having hygroscopic secondary cell wall thickenings.
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(botany) Any of the long, slender hygroscopic appendages attached to the spores of horsetails (genus Equisetum).
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(zoology) An elaterid, or click beetle.
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Origin of elater

  • Greek elatēr driver from elaunein to drive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin elater, from Ancient Greek ἐλατήρ (elater, “driver, that which drives away”)

    From Wiktionary

  • elate +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary