[kee-luh-ped, kel-uh-]


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

Origin of cheliped

First recorded in 1865–70; cheli- + -ped Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for cheliped

1859, Modern Latin, from chela "claw," from Greek khele "claw" (see chelicerae) + Latin pod-, stem of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper