Main meanings of chela in English

: chela1chela2

chela1

Pronunciation /ˈkiːlə/

nounchelae

Zoology
  • 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.’
    pincer, nipper

Origin

Mid 17th century modern Latin, from Latin chele or Greek khēlē ‘claw’.

Main meanings of chela in English

: chela1chela2

chela2

Pronunciation /ˈtʃeɪlə/

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchman

Origin

From Hindi celā.