from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the shape of a chela; pincerlike.
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- adj. Having the form of a chela
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of a chela, cheliped, or chelicera; like the great claw of a lobster or crab; pincer-like.
_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.