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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]
cheliferous adj


(Hinduism) Hinduism a disciple of a religious teacher
[C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave]
ˈchelaˌship n
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(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.
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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"
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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.
'Thy chela,' said Kim simply, sitting on his heels.
If he is my chela - does - will - can anyone take him from me?
By 5:30 in the morning the heat, noise and sweet scent from the tortilla press machine overwhelms Tortilleria Dona Chela, a small store and taqueria located in a strip center on North Washington Boulevard.
Draped in a blue hospital gown, Chela (not her real name) has lost control of her bowel movement.
Specimens were examined as temporary glycerine mounts in cavity slides after dissection of one chelicera and one pedipalp, of which the chela was also separated.
The minaret dismantled in the village of Chela (the Adigeni district of Georgia) in the summer of this year, was
Chela v Andujar One man who doesn't have much respect for Hewitt is Juan Ignacio Chela, who spat at the Aussie during a third-round defeat at this venue in 2005.
Summary: Andy Murray had to fight his way past the unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the first time.