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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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I will take it," and without further discussion it commenced to crawl up the front of the headless body, using its six short, spiderlike legs and two stout chelae which grew just in front of its legs and strongly resembled those of an Earthly lobster, except that they were both of the same size.
Lacking lyrifissures maj and [ma.sub.2], all the other chelal patterns and their standard number are present: fa, fb, fp, hd, hp, [fd.sub.1], [fd.sub.2], [fd.sub.3], [mv.sub.1] and [mv.sub.2] ([mv.sub.2] can be absent in some chelae).