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[kuh-lis-er-uh] /kəˈlɪs ər ə/
noun, plural chelicerae
[kuh-lis-uh-ree] /kəˈlɪs əˌri/ (Show IPA)
one member of the first pair of usually pincerlike appendages of spiders and other arachnids.
Compare pedipalp.
1825-35; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to cheli- cheli- + Greek kér(as) horn + Latin -a feminine noun ending
Related forms
cheliceral, adjective
[kuh-lis-uh-reyt, -er-it] /kəˈlɪs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/ (Show IPA),
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  • They dig through the benthic sediments looking for food and use their chelicera to guide the food to their mouths.
British Dictionary definitions for chelicera


noun (pl) -erae (-əˌriː)
one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
Derived Forms
cheliceral, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from French chélicère, from chél- see chela1 + -cère from Greek keras horn
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