Definition of chelicera in English:

chelicera

Syllabification: che·lic·er·a
Pronunciation: /kəˈlisərə
 
/

noun (plural chelicerae /-ˈlisəˌrē/)

Zoology
Either of a pair of appendages in front of the mouth in arachnids and some other arthropods, usually modified as pincerlike claws. Compare with chela1.
More example sentences
  • The front pair of appendages, the chelicerae, are the ones which contain the poison glands.
  • The chelicerae (first appendages) may be clawed mouthparts or may be modified for piercing, as in ticks.
  • The legs, pedipalps and chelicerae are pulled free from the skin with rhythmic movements until finally the spider pulls free.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek khēlē 'claw' + keras 'horn'.

Derivatives

cheliceral

adjective
More example sentences
  • They have no cheliceral teeth and their prey is consequently not mashed but sucked dry.
  • However, hairs were also a problem in some cases, obscuring the epigynum and cheliceral teeth.
  • Once the pedipalps are out of the way the cheliceral sheath is clearly visible and you can also see part of the toothed hypostome protruding anteriorly beyond the cheliceral sheath.

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