chela

noun
che·​la | \ ˈkē-lə How to pronounce chela (audio) \
plural chelae\ ˈkē-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce chela (audio) \

Definition of chela

: a pincerlike organ or claw borne by a limb of a crustacean or arachnid

First Known Use of chela

1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chela

New Latin, from Greek chēlē claw

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“Chela.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chela. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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