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elater

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noun el·a·ter \ˈe-lə-tər\

Definition of elater

  1. :  a plant structure functioning in the dispersal of spores: as a :  one of the elongated filaments among the spores in the capsule of a liverwort b :  one of the filamentous appendages of the spores in the horsetails



Origin and Etymology of elater

New Latin, from Greek elatēr driver, from elaunein to drive


First Known Use: 1830


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