elater

noun
el·​a·​ter | \ ˈe-lə-tər How to pronounce elater (audio) \

Definition of elater

: a plant structure functioning in the dispersal of spores: such 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

First Known Use of elater

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elater

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

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“Elater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elater. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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