chelicera

[kuh-lis-er-uh]
noun, plural chelicerae [kuh-lis-uh-ree] .
one member of the first pair of usually pincerlike appendages of spiders and other arachnids.
Compare pedipalp.


Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to cheli- cheli- + Greek kér(as) horn + Latin -a feminine noun ending

cheliceral, adjective
chelicerate [kuh-lis-uh-reyt, -er-it] , adjective
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chelicera (kɪˈlɪsərə)
 
n , pl -erae
one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
 
[C19: from New Latin, from French chélicère, from chél- see chela1 + -cère from Greek keras horn]
 
che'liceral
 
adj

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They dig through the benthic sediments looking for food and use their chelicera to guide the food to their mouths.
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