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elater

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Etymology 1Edit

elate +‎ -er

NounEdit

elater (plural elaters)

  1. That which elates.

Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

elater (plural elaters)

  1. (obsolete) Elasticity; especially the expansibility of a gas.
  2. (botany) A long, slender cell produced among spores and having hygroscopic secondary cell wall thickenings.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 4
      The closest affinities of the Jubulaceae are with the Lejeuneaceae. The two families share in common: (a) elaters usually 1-spiral, trumpet-shaped and fixed to the capsule valves, distally []
  3. (botany) Any of the long, slender hygroscopic appendages attached to the spores of horsetails (genus Equisetum).
  4. (zoology) An elaterid, or click beetle.
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ReferencesEdit

  • elater in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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