- one member of the first pair of usually pincerlike appendages of spiders and other arachnids.
Origin of chelicera
1825–35; < New Latin, equivalent to cheli- cheli- + Greek kér(as) horn + Latin -a feminine noun ending
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- one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
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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1831, plural of Modern Latin chelicera, from Greek khele "claw, talon, cloven hoof," from PIE *ghel-wo-, from root *ghel-una- "jaw," + keras "horn" (see kerato-). Earlier chelicer (1835), from French chélicère.
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