che·​la ˈkē-lə How to pronounce chela (audio)
plural chelae ˈkē-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce chela (audio)
: a pincerlike organ or claw borne by a limb of a crustacean or arachnid

Word History


New Latin, from Greek chēlē claw

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chela was in 1635

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“Chela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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