Definition of Chela

1. Noun. A Hindu disciple of a swami.

Generic synonyms: Hindoo, Hindu



2. Noun. A grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods.
Exact synonyms: Claw, Nipper, Pincer
Group relationships: Crustacean
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Extremity, Member
Derivative terms: Claw, Nip

Definition of Chela

1. n. The pincherlike claw of Crustacea and Arachnida.

2. n. In India, a dependent person occupying a position between that of a servant or slave and a disciple; hence, a disciple or novice.

Definition of Chela

1. Noun. A pincer-like claw of a crustacean or arachnid. ¹

2. Noun. A pupil or disciple, especially in Hinduism. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chela

1. a pincerlike claw [n -LAE] / a pupil of a guru [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chela

cheiropodalgia
cheiropompholyx
cheiropter
cheiropterous
cheiropters
cheiropterygia
cheiropterygium
cheirosophy
cheirospasm
cheka
chekas
chekelatoun
chekhovichite
chekist
chekists
chela (current term)
chelae
chelandion
chelas
chelaship
chelaships
chelatable
chelate
chelate complex
chelate compound
chelated
chelates
chelating
chelating agent
chelating agents

Literary usage of Chela

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1. The Crayfish: An Introduction to the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley (1880)
"The chela of the forceps, with one side cut away to show, in A, the muscles, in B, ... Another may be found in the chela which terminates the forceps. ..."

2. Himalayan journals; or, Notes of a naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1855)
"... elephants—Blocks of Syenite—Return to Churra—August temperature—Leave for chela—Birds—Habits of leaf-insects—Curious village—Houses—Canoes—Boga-panee ..."

3. The Sun and the Serpent: A Contribution to the History of Serpent-worship by Charles Frederick Oldham (1905)
"I have never known an orthodox Brahman act in this capacity, but I have seen one of them, as priest, incensing the chela while in the condition of inspired ..."

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