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elaiosome (ɪˈleɪəˌsəʊm)
 
n
an oil-rich body on seeds or fruits that attracts ants, which act as dispersal agents
 
[from Greek elaion oil + -some³]

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The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants.
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