- the pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
Origin of chela1
1640–50; < New Latin < Greek chēlḗ claw
- (in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.
Origin of chela2
1825–35; < Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student
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Examples from the Web for chela
Chela: The pair of pincers, or claw, which terminates some of the appendages.
The movable finger of the chela is folded across the extremity of the claw.
When the upper jaws are furnished at the end with a chela or thumb.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Lahiri Mahasaya had appeared to instruct the chela in answer to his prayers.Autobiography of a YOGI
And when I was faint with hunger he begged for me, as would a chela for his teacher.Kim
- a large pincer-like claw of such arthropods as the crab and scorpion
C17: New Latin, from Greek khēlē claw
- Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher
C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave
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