che·​li·​ped ˈkē-lə-ˌped How to pronounce cheliped (audio)
: one of the pair of legs that bears the large chelae in decapod crustaceans

Word History


Greek chēlē claw + English -i- + -ped

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheliped was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Cheliped.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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