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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.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Chelicerata, a subphylum of arthropods, including arachnids and the horseshoe crab, in which the first pair of limbs are modified as chelicerae
any arthropod belonging to the Chelicerata
noun (pl) -erae (-əˌriː)
one of a pair of appendages on the head of spiders and other arachnids: often modified as food-catching claws
(kə-lĭs’ər-āt’, -ĭt)
Any of various, mostly terrestrial arthropods of the subphylum Chelicerata, having a body divided into two main parts: a cephalothorax and an abdomen. Chelicerates have specialized feeding appendages (chelicerae) and lack antennae. Chelicerates include the arachnids and merostomes (horseshoe crabs) and are closely related to the extinct trilobites.


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    [kuh-lif-er-uh s] /kəˈlɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. bearing chelae.

  • Cheliform

    [kee-luh-fawrm, kel-uh-] /ˈki ləˌfɔrm, ˈkɛl ə-/ adjective 1. shaped like a chela. /ˈkiːlɪˌfɔːm/ adjective 1. shaped like a chela; pincer-like

  • Cheliped

    [kee-luh-ped, kel-uh-] /ˈki ləˌpɛd, ˈkɛl ə-/ noun 1. (in decapod crustaceans) either of the pair of appendages bearing a chela. n. 1859, Modern Latin, from chela “claw,” from Greek khele “claw” (see chelicerae) + Latin pod-, stem of pes “foot” (see foot (n.)).

  • Chellean

    [shel-ee-uh n] /ˈʃɛl i ən/ adjective 1. . /ˈʃɛlɪən/ noun, adjective (archaeol) 1. (no longer in technical usage) another word for Abbevillian

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