chela

noun
che·la | \ˈkē-lə \
plural chelae\-(ˌ)lē \

Definition of chela 

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

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For every hijra, the idea is to get as many chelas working for you as possible. New York Times, "The Peculiar Position of India’s Third Gender," 17 Feb. 2018

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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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