One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various oil-rich structures or tissues attached to or surrounding the seeds of certain plants; especially one that acts as an attractant to ants that aid dispersal by carrying the seed away from the plant.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in New Phytologist. From German Elaiosom from elaio- (from ancient Greek ἔλαιον oil: see elaeo-) + -som.
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