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cheliped

[ kee-luh-ped, kel-uh- ]
/ ˈki ləˌpɛd, ˈkɛl ə- /
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noun

(in decapod crustaceans) either of the pair of appendages bearing a chela.

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Origin of cheliped

First recorded in 1865–70; cheli- + -ped
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Example sentences from the Web for cheliped

  • It can be distinguished by its land-roaming habits, its large left cheliped, very stout walking-legs, and compressed eye-stalks.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
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