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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elater  \E*lat"er\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  elates. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elater 
  n  :  any  of  various  widely  distributed  beetles  [syn:  {elaterid 
  beetle},  {elaterid}] 




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