chela

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See also: chè lá

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin chele, from Ancient Greek χηλή (khēlḗ).

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Noun[edit]

chela (plural chelae)

  1. A pincer-like claw of a crustacean or arachnid.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.5:
      It happeneth often, I confess, that a lobster hath the chely or great claw of one side longer than the other [...].
    • 1993, The Encyclopedia of Land Invertebrate Behaviour, p. 232:
      The tail is curved up over the body and the pedipalps held forwards with the tip of the movable finger of the chela in contact with the sand.
    • 2004, Raymond T. Bauer, Remarkable Shrimps: Adaptations and Natural History of the Carideans, page 26,
      The two brushes on each chela snap open into semicircular fans, forming fine-mesh baskets that passively filter water.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Hindi चेला (celā).

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Noun[edit]

chela (plural chele)

  1. A pupil or disciple, especially in Hinduism.
    • 1987, Phirozshah Dorabji Mehta, The Heart of Religion, page 36,
      The guru had insight. He understood his chela. The relationship between a guru and his chela was as a father to a son, as a whole person to a whole person, individual and unique.
    • 2002, Warrior of Light: The Life of Nicholas Roerich: Artist, Himalayan Explorer, and Visionary, page 52,
      The guru-chela relationship was a theme in many of Nicholas's paintings. In Pearl of Searching, the guru is looking thoughtfully at a pearl necklace with his chela. This symbolizes the "pearl of great price" that gives purpose to life.
    • 2007, Michael Bertiaux, The Voudon Gnostic Workbook: Expanded Edition, page 455,
      This, of course, is done by the guru as the result of a long process in which his consciousness must merge with that of the chela and wherein the chela is absorbed essentially into the guru.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin chele, from Ancient Greek χηλή (khēlḗ).

Noun[edit]

chela f (plural chele)

  1. pincer (of a crustacean)

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Adjective[edit]

chela f

  1. feminine form of chel

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

chela f (masculine chelo, feminine plural chelas, masculine plural chelos)

  1. (Central America, slang) feminine form of chelo; A blonde, fair-skinned, blue-eyed woman.

Noun[edit]

chela f (plural chelas, masculine chelo)

  1. (Central America, slang) feminine form of chelo; blonde, fair-skinned, blue-eyed

chela f (plural chelas)

  1. (Mexico, slang) beer
    Vamos a chupar unas chelas. ― Let's go drink some beers.

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