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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]


(ˈɛl ə tər)

1. Bot. an elastic filament serving to disperse spores.
[1645–55; < New Latin < Greek elatḗr driver]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elater - any of various widely distributed beetleselater - any of various widely distributed beetles
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Elateridae, family Elateridae - click beetles and certain fireflies
click beetle, snapping beetle, skipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
fire beetle, firefly, Pyrophorus noctiluca - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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Rio de Janeiro -- Excursion north of Cape Frio -- Great Evaporation -- Slavery -- Botofogo Bay -- Terrestrial Planariae -- Clouds on the Corcovado -- Heavy Rain -- Musical Frogs -- Phosphorescent Insects -- Elater, springing powers of -- Blue Haze -- Noise made by a Butterfly -- Entomology -- Ants -- Wasp killing a Spider -- Parasitical Spider -- Artifices of an Epeira -- Gregarious Spider -- Spider with an unsymmetrical Web.
When we were at Bahia, an elater or beetle (Pyrophorus luminosus, Illig.
It is remarkable that in all the different kinds of glowworms, shining elaters, and various marine animals (such as the crustacea, medusae, nereidae, a coralline of the genus Clytia, and Pyrosma), which I have observed, the light has been of a well-marked green colour.
Alaus oculatus, the eyed elater, a large and charismatic species of click beetle.
Present study aimed to address molecular diversities of the small five-toed jerboa Allactaga elater Lichtenstein, 1825, and the Toussi jerboa Allactaga toussi Darvish et al.
92 Eucinostomus gracilis, Haemulon steindachneri, Haemulopsis elongatus, Haemulopsis nitidus, Halichoeres semicinctus, Menticirrhus elongatus, Menticirrhus nasus, Menticirrhus panamensis, Menticirrhus undulatus, Micropogonias ectenes, Orthopristis reddingi, Pleuronichthys guttulatus, Pleuronichthys ocellatus, Prionotus albirostris,Prionotus birostratus,Prionotus horrens, Prionotus ruscarius, Prionotus stephanophrys,Pseudupeneus grandisquamis,Symphurus chabanaudi, Symphurus fasciolaris, symphurus gorgonae, Symphurus leei, Xystreurys liolepis, Zalieutes elater.
Stomach contents analyses have documented the remains of carabid, elater, bupestrid, and other beetles, and bark-clinging moths (Smith 1908, Westcott 1969), and reptiles (Contreras-Balderas & Trevino-Saldana 1987).