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elasticized
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elater definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: any of various widely distributed beetles [syn: elaterid beetle, elater, elaterid]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek elat?r driver, from elaunein to drive Date: 1830 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a click beetle. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk elater driver f. elauno drive

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elater E*lat"er, n. One who, or that which, elates.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elater 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elater 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.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Fire-fly (of south America, Cuba, etc.).



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