chela

1
[kee-luh]

Origin of chela

1
1640–50; < New Latin < Greek chēlḗ claw

chela

2
[chey-lah]
noun
  1. (in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.

Origin of chela

2
1825–35; < Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student
Related formsche·la·ship, noun
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chela

1
noun plural lae (-liː)
  1. a large pincer-like claw of such arthropods as the crab and scorpion
Derived Formscheliferous (kɪˈlɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for chela

C17: New Latin, from Greek khēlē claw

chela

2
noun
  1. Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher
Derived Formschelaship, noun

Word Origin for chela

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