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. [1913 Webster]

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(of south America, Cuba, etc.)

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  • élater — [elatɛʀ] n. m. ÉTYM. 1864; lat. sc. elater, Linné (av. 1778), du grec elatêr « qui pousse, chasse devant soi ». ❖ ♦ Zool. Coléoptère (Élatéridés) dont les larves vivent dans les bois vermoulus. ⇒ Taupin. ➪ tableau Classification des insectes. ❖ …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • elater — [el′ə tər] n. [ModL < Gr elatēr, driver < elaunein: see ELASTIC] 1. an elastic filament that scatters the ripe spores, found in certain plants, as in the capsule of a liverwort 2. CLICK BEETLE …   English World dictionary

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any beetle of the family {Elaterid[ae]}, having the habit, when laid on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Elater — Elaters is also used as a common name for the Elateridae (click beetles). For the click beetle genus, see Elater (beetle). An elater is a cell (or structure attached to a cell) that is hygroscopic, and therefore will change shape in response to… …   Wikipedia

  • elater — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek elatēr 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elater — n. [Gr. elater, driver] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Collembola, the furcula or springing organ …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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