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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.]
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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]
(Hinduism) Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher
[C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave]
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n., pl. -lae (-lē).
a pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek chēlḗ claw]
n., pl. -las.
(in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.
[1825–35; < Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student]
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|Noun||1.||chela - a Hindu disciple of a swami|
|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
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