- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for chelae
The first pair end in nippers or chelae and are usually much more massive than the others which are used in walking or swimming.
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012