noun (plural chelae /-lē, -lī/)Zoology
A pincerlike claw, especially of a crab or other crustacean. Compare with chelicera.
- 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.
from Hindi celā.