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elater

[el-uh-ter] /ˈɛl ə tər/
noun
1.
Botany. an elastic filament serving to disperse spores.
2.
Zoology, elaterid.
3.
Obsolete, elasticity.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Neo-Latin < Greek elatḗr driver, equivalent to ela- (stem of elaúnein to drive; see elastic) + -tēr noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for elater

elater

/ˈɛlətə/
noun
1.
an elaterid beetle
2.
(botany) a spirally thickened filament, occurring in liverwort capsules and horsetails, thought to aid dispersal of spores
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek: driver, from elaunein to beat, drive; compare elastic
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elater
  (ěl'ə-tər)   
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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