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chela 1

Pronunciation: /ˈkiːlə/

noun (plural chelae /ˈkiːliː/)

Zoology
A pincer-like claw, especially of a crab or other crustacean. Compare with chelicera.
Example sentences
  • The new material permits a more complete description of the organism, including more details concerning the margins, the dorsal carapace, the venter, and the chelae.
  • A male courts a female by touching her with his antennae and chelae (claws).
  • He cited 25 species, 11 of which were based on chelae only.

Origin

Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin chele or Greek khēlē 'claw'.

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chela 2

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃeɪlə/

noun

A follower and pupil of a guru.
Example sentences
  • Between its covers, we discover Skelton as a friend, philosopher and guide to a whole generation of global chelas.
  • The chela remembers his guru's promise to help.
  • They share a guru-chela tie; but who is the guru and who the chela?

Origin

From Hindi celā.

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