Each of a pair of hinged pincer-like claws terminating the anterior limbs of a crab, lobster, or scorpion, typically curved and sharply pointed and used for feeding, defence, and courtship.Compare with chelicera‘The new material permits a more complete description of the organism, including more details concerning the margins, the dorsal carapace, the venter, and the chelae.’
- ‘A male courts a female by touching her with his antennae and chelae (claws).’
- ‘He cited 25 species, 11 of which were based on chelae only.’
- ‘In this experiment, males were presumed to be adults based upon chelae size prior to experimentation.’
- ‘They had sharp chelae and legs that could injure the farmers.’
Mid 17th century modern Latin, from Latin chele or Greek khēlē ‘claw’.
A follower and pupil of a guru.‘Between its covers, we discover Skelton as a friend, philosopher and guide to a whole generation of global chelas.’
assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchman
- ‘The chela remembers his guru's promise to help.’
- ‘They share a guru-chela tie; but who is the guru and who the chela?’
- ‘There is nothing wrong for a guru and chela to learn and practise mysterious rituals within the confines of the law.’
- ‘I must return to my chela [disciple], lest he miss the Way.’
From Hindi celā.