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1. An elaterid beetle.
2. 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.
[Greek elatēr, driver, from elaunein, to drive.]
1. (Animals) an elaterid beetle
2. (Botany) botany a spirally thickened filament, occurring in liverwort capsules and horsetails, thought to aid dispersal of spores
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: driver, from elaunein to beat, drive; compare elastic]
el•a•ter(ˈɛl ə tər)
1. Bot. an elastic filament serving to disperse spores.
[1645–55; < New Latin < Greek elatḗr driver]
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|Noun||1.||elater - any of various widely distributed beetles|
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
click beetle, snapping beetle, skipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound