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chela1

[kee-luh] /ˈki lə/
noun, plural chelae
[kee-lee] /ˈki li/ (Show IPA)
1.
the pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids.
Origin of chela1
1640-1650
1640-50; < New Latin < Greek chēlḗ claw

chela2

[chey-lah] /ˈtʃeɪ lɑ/
noun
1.
(in India) a disciple of a religious teacher.
Origin
1825-35; < Hindi celā; compare Pali cellaka monk, Prakrit cilla boy, student
Related forms
chelaship, noun
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  • I have now no chela, but I will take the alms-bowl and thus enable the charitable to acquire merit.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • The movable finger of the chela is folded across the extremity of the claw.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • When the upper jaws are furnished at the end with a chela or thumb.

  • And when I was faint with hunger he begged for me, as would a chela for his teacher.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • That is inconspicuous dress of chela attached to service of lamaistic lama.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • To walk again as a chela with my lama when he comes back to Benares.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Let the chela study the troubles that come from over-eating—bloated stomach and burning bowels.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • A man abounding in questions; but he was a friend of thine, chela.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Moreover, my chela, I think that may be we have overpassed that River.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • I told thee—I told thee, Holy One, to keep an eye upon the chela.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for chela

chela1

/ˈkiːlə/
noun (pl) lae (-liː)
1.
a large pincer-like claw of such arthropods as the crab and scorpion
Derived Forms
cheliferous (kɪˈlɪfərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek khēlē claw

chela2

/ˈtʃeɪlə/
noun
1.
(Hinduism) a disciple of a religious teacher
Derived Forms
chelaship, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi celā, from Sanskrit ceta servant, slave
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