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chela

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[ kee-luh ]
/ ˈki lə /
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noun, plural che·lae [kee-lee]. /ˈki li/.
the pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
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Origin of chela

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1640–50; <New Latin <Greek chēlḗ claw

Other definitions for chela (2 of 2)

chela2
[ chey-lah ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ lɑ /

noun
(in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.

Origin of chela

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1825–35; <Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student

OTHER WORDS FROM chela

che·la·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chela (1 of 2)

chela1
/ (ˈkiːlə) /

noun plural lae (-liː)
a large pincer-like claw of such arthropods as the crab and scorpion

Derived forms of chela

cheliferous (kɪˈlɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for chela

C17: New Latin, from Greek khēlē claw

British Dictionary definitions for chela (2 of 2)

chela2
/ (ˈtʃeɪlə) /

noun
Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher

Derived forms of chela

chelaship, noun

Word Origin for chela

C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave
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