noun (1)
col·​le·​ter | \ kəˈlētə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of colleter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the mucilage-secreting hairs that clothe many plant surfaces especially on various winter buds (as those of the horse chestnut)


noun (2)
col·​let·​er | \ ˈkälə̇tə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of colleter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a worker who attaches the inner coil of a watch hairspring to a collet for assembly to the balance wheel

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History and Etymology for colleter

Noun (1)

German kolleter, irregular from Greek kollan to glue, from kolla glue

Noun (2)

collet + -er

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