chelicera

noun
che·​lic·​era | \ ki-ˈli-sə-rə How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \
plural chelicerae\ ki-​ˈli-​sə-​ˌrē How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \

Definition of chelicera

: one of the anterior pair of appendages of an arachnid often specialized as fangs

Other Words from chelicera

cheliceral \ ki-​ˈli-​sə-​rəl How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of chelicera

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chelicera

New Latin, from French chélicère, from Greek chēlē + keras horn — more at horn

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“Chelicera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelicera. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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chelicera

noun
che·​lic·​era | \ ki-ˈlis-ə-rə How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \
plural chelicerae\ -​ˌrē How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \

Medical Definition of chelicera

: one of the anterior pair of appendages of an arachnid often specialized as fangs

Other Words from chelicera

cheliceral \ -​ə-​rəl How to pronounce chelicera (audio) \ adjective

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