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n. pl. che·lae (-lē)
A pincerlike claw of a crustacean or arachnid, such as a lobster, crab, or scorpion.

[New Latin chēla, from Greek khēlē, claw.]


n, pl lae (-liː)
(Zoology) a large pincer-like claw of such arthropods as the crab and scorpion
[C17: New Latin, from Greek khēlē claw]
cheliferous adj


(Hinduism) Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher
[C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave]
ˈchelaˌship n


(ˈki lə)

n., pl. -lae (-lē).
a pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek chēlḗ claw]


(ˈtʃeɪ lɑ)

n., pl. -las.
(in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.
[1825–35; < Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student]
che′la•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chela - a Hindu disciple of a swami
Hindoo, Hindu - a person who adheres to Hinduism
2.chela - a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
References in classic literature ?
There was with me when I left the hills a chela [disciple] who begged for me as the Rule demands, but halting in Kulu awhile a fever took him and he died.
It is my new chela [disciple] that is gone away from me, and I know not where he is.
And when I was faint with hunger he begged for me, as would a chela for his teacher.
If he is my chela - does - will - can anyone take him from me?
Seizing it in a chela he leaped to the floor and scurried rapidly toward the mouth of one of the burrows against the wall, into which he disappeared.
BOOKMAKERS declined to price up last night's Mexico Open tennis match between Eduardo Schwank and Lukas Kubot after Schwank had been heavily backed in his first-round encounter against Juan Ignacio Chela.
Murray was hoping to follow in the footsteps of his old pal Tim Henman, who was the last British man to reach the semis in Paris - and Henman got there by beating Chela in the quarter-finals.
Summary: Andy Murray finally polished off Juan Ignacio Chela in a French Open second-round match blighted by rain.
The beginning of the second saw Chela get his act together on his own serve, and the 30-year-old Argentinian even made some inroads into Murray's when he gained break point in game four.
Britain's Andy Murray leads Argentina''s Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3 3-3
The draw has reportedly been unkind to the Scot, as indeed has nature, and a tough first-round clash against French bottler Richard Gasquet is now followed by a secondround clash today with Juan Ignacio Chela.
Murray, the third seed, hit 55 winners in overrunning Chela and he was delighted with how his opener at Roland Garros went.