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Meaning of ELATER

Pronunciation:  'elutur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of various widely distributed beetles

ELATER is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: elaterid, elaterid beetle
 See Also: beetle, click beetle, Elateridae, family Elateridae, fire beetle, firefly, Pyrophorus noctiluca, skipjack, snapping beetle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*lat"er\, n.
    One who, or that which, elates.
  2. \El"a*ter\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? driver, fr. ? to drive.]
    1. (Bot.) An elastic spiral filament for dispersing the
       spores, as in some liverworts.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Any beetle of the family {Elaterid[ae]}, having
       the habit, when laid on the back, of giving a sudden
       upward spring, by a quick movement of the articulation
       between the abdomen and thorax; -- called also {click
       beetle}, {spring beetle}, and {snapping beetle}.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) The caudal spring used by {Podura} and related
       insects for leaping. See {Collembola}.
  3. \El"a*ter\, n. (Chem.)
    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.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An elongated, spirally thickened, water-attracting cell in the capsule of a liverwort, derived from sporogenous tissue and assisting in spore dispersal.