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chela

Noun

1 a Hindu disciple of a swami
2 a structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods [syn: claw, nipper, pincer] [also: chelae (pl)]

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English

Etymology 1

From chele, from sc=polytonic.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈkilə/

Noun

  1. A pincer-like claw of a crustacean or arachnid.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Hindi चेला (celā).

Pronunciation

  • /ˈʧei.lə/

Noun

chela (pl., chele)
  1. A pupil or disciple, especially in Hinduism.

Italian

Noun

  1. pincer (of a crustacean)

Spanish

Adjective

chela f (chelo masculine)
  1. In the context of "Central America|slang|lang=es}}

Extensive Definition

Chela is a term used in the Guru-shishya tradition of Hinduism, roughly equivalent to the western term disciple.
Chela may also refer to:
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