Definition of subchela in US English:

subchela

noun

Zoology
  • In certain crustaceans: a small pincer-like structure on the end of a limb, in which the last segment is folded back against the previous one.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From sub- + chela. Compare earlier subchelate, subcheliform.

Pronunciation

subchela

/ˈsʌbkiːlə/