[ kuh-lis-er-uh ]
/ kəˈlɪs ər ə /
noun, plural che·lic·er·ae [kuh-lis-uh-ree]. /kəˈlɪs əˌri/.
one member of the first pair of usually pincerlike appendages of spiders and other arachnids.
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Origin of chelicera
1825–35; <New Latin, equivalent to cheli-cheli- + Greek kér(as) horn + Latin -a feminine noun ending
OTHER WORDS FROM chelicerache·lic·er·al, adjectiveche·lic·er·ate [kuh-lis-uh-reyt, -er-it], /kəˈlɪs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/, adjective
Words nearby chelicera
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British Dictionary definitions for chelicera
/ (kɪˈlɪsərə) /
noun plural -erae (-əˌriː)
one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
Derived forms of cheliceracheliceral, 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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