- 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
The movable finger of the chela is folded across the extremity of the claw.
Chela: The pair of pincers, or claw, which terminates some of the appendages.
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