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chela

1
[kee-luh]
noun, plural che·lae [kee-lee] /ˈki li/.
  1. the pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
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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.
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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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Historical Examples of 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.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for chelae

chela

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

Word Origin for chela

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