Main definitions of chela in English

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chela1

noun

Zoology
  • A pincer-like claw, especially of a crab or other crustacean.

    Compare with chelicera
    • ‘They had sharp chelae and legs that could injure the farmers.’
    • ‘In this experiment, males were presumed to be adults based upon chelae size prior to experimentation.’
    • ‘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.’
    pincer, nipper
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chela

/ˈkiːlə/

Main definitions of chela in English

: chela1chela2

chela2

noun

  • A follower and pupil of a guru.

    • ‘Between its covers, we discover Skelton as a friend, philosopher and guide to a whole generation of global chelas.’
    • ‘They share a guru-chela tie; but who is the guru and who the chela?’
    • ‘The chela remembers his guru's promise to help.’
    • ‘There is nothing wrong for a guru and chela to learn and practise mysterious rituals within the confines of the law.’
    • ‘I must return to my chela [disciple], lest he miss the Way.’
    assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchman
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Origin

From Hindi celā.

Pronunciation:

chela

/ˈkiːlə/