Elater

An elater is a cell (or structure attached to a cell) that is hygroscopic, and therefore will change shape in response to changes in moisture in the environment. Elaters come in a variety of forms, but are always associated with plant spores. In plants that do not have seeds, they function in dispersing the spores to a new location. == Horsetail e...
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Elater

• (n.) The active principle of elaterium, being found in the juice of the wild or squirting cucumber (Ecballium agreste, formerly Motordica Elaterium) and other related species. It is extracted as a bitter, white, crystalline substance, which is a violent purgative. • (n.) Any beetle of the family Elateridae, having the habit, when laid o...
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elater

(from the article `bryophyte`) ...the sporangium above the calyptra that protected it. Elongation is rapid, and the seta is held erect by water pressure within its cells. The ... Sphenophytes are homosporous, producing only one kind of spore. The spores have four bands, or elaters, which coil and uncoil in response to changes ... [2 ...
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Elater

El'a·ter noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... driver, from ... to drive.] 1. (Botany) An elastic spiral filament for dispersing the spores, as in some liverworts. 2. (Zoology) Any beetle of the family Elateridæ , having the habit, when laid on the back, of givi...
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Elater

El'a·ter noun (Chemistry) The active principle of elaterium, being found in the juice of the wild or squirting cucumber ( Ecballium agreste , formerly Motordica Elaterium ) and other related species. It is extracted as a bitter, white, crystalline substance, which is a violent purgat...
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Elater

E·lat'er noun One who, or that which, elates.
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elater

A cell or part of a cell which assists in dispersing spores. The elaters change shape as they lose or acquire water, and they will then push against surrounding spores.
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elater

A cell or part of a cell which assists in dispersing spores. The elaters change shape as they lose or acquire water, and they will then push against surrounding spores.
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Elater

A winglike or straplike appendage on a spore adapted for wind dispersal.
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elater

An elongated, spirally thickened, water-attracting cell in the capsule of a liverwort, derived from sporogenous tissue and assisting in spore dispersal. ... (09 Oct 1997) ...
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