elaiosome

/ (ɪˈleɪəˌsəʊm) /

noun

an oil-rich body on seeds or fruits that attracts ants, which act as dispersal agents

Nearby words

  1. elaenia,
  2. elaeoptene,
  3. elaeothesium,
  4. elagabalus,
  5. elaine,
  6. elam,
  7. elamite,
  8. elamitic,
  9. elan,
  10. eland

Word Origin for elaiosome

from Greek elaion oil + -some ³

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