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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pincerlike claw of a crustacean or arachnid, such as a lobster, crab, or scorpion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pincer-like claw of a crustacean or arachnid.
  • n. A pupil or disciple, especially in Hinduism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pincherlike claw of Crustacea and Arachnida.
  • n. In India, a dependent person occupying a position between that of a servant or slave and a disciple; hence, a disciple or novice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pair of pincers or nippers, or the so-called claw, which terminates some of the limbs of most Crustacea, as crabs and lobsters, formed by an enlarged propodite bearing a movably apposed dactylopodite; the last and penultimate segments of a chelate limb or cheliped so modified as to constitute a prehensile organ like a pair of pincers.
  • n. The similar nipper- or pincer-like claw terminating the chelicera of an arachnidan, as a scorpion. In these two senses also chele.
  • n. A genus of cyprinoid fishes.
  • n. See cheela.
  • n. In sponge-spicules, a microsclere consisting of a more or loss curved shaft bearing at each end a variable number of recurved processes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Hindu disciple of a swami
  • n. a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods

Etymologies

New Latin chēla, from Greek khēlē, claw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chele, from Ancient Greek χηλή (khēlē). (Wiktionary)
From Hindi चेला (celā). (Wiktionary)

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