American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the shape of a chela; pincerlike.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of chela, cheliped, or chelicera; like the great claw of a lobster or crab; pincer-like.
- adj. Having the form of chela
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having a movable joint or finger closing against a preceding joint or a projecting part of it, so that the whole may be used for grasping, as the claw of a crab; pincherlike.
- Ancient Greek χηλή (khēlē, "jawbone") + -form (Wiktionary)
“_Galathea strigosa_ is peculiar for the spinous character of the carapace and cheliform legs.”
“When hand-like or cheliform structures occur in the Crustacea, these are usually more strongly developed in the males than in the females, often becoming enlarged in the former to quite a disproportionate size, as we have already seen to be the case in Melita.”
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