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chelicera

[kuh-lis-er-uh]
noun, plural che·lic·er·ae [kuh-lis-uh-ree] /kəˈlɪs əˌri/.
  1. one member of the first pair of usually pincerlike appendages of spiders and other arachnids.
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Compare pedipalp.

Origin of chelicera

1825–35; < New Latin, equivalent to cheli- cheli- + Greek kér(as) horn + Latin -a feminine noun ending
Related formsche·lic·er·al, adjectiveche·lic·er·ate [kuh-lis-uh-reyt, -er-it] /kəˈlɪs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chelicera

chelicera

noun plural -erae (-əˌriː)
  1. one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
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Derived Formscheliceral, adjective

Word Origin for chelicera

C19: from New Latin, from French chélicère, from chél- see chela 1 + -cère from Greek keras horn
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