plural noun Che·lic·er·ata \kə-ˌli-sə-ˈrä-tə, -ˈrā-tə\

Definition of Chelicerata

  1. :  a subphylum or other division of the phylum Arthropoda comprising forms having chelicerae and lacking antennae and including the horseshoe crabs and eurypterids, spiders, scorpions, and sea spiders A fossil eurypterid, representing the Chelicerata. — Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989 — see arachnida, merostomata, pycnogonida

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Origin and Etymology of chelicerata

borrowed from New Latin, Latinization (with New Latin -ata -ata) of French chélicérés, from chélicère chelicera + -és, plural of , adjective and participle ending going back to Latin -ātus 3-ate

First Known Use: 1919

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capable of being understood in two ways

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