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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