Chela Che"la, n. [Hind. ch[=e]la, orig., slave, fr. Skr. c[=e][.t]a, c[=e][.t]aka, slave, servant.] In India, a dependent person occupying a position between that of a servant or slave and a disciple; hence, a disciple or novice. -- {Che"la*ship}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • chelaship — cheˈlaship noun • • • Main Entry: ↑chela …   Useful english dictionary

  • chela — chela1 /kee leuh/, n., pl. chelae / lee/. the pincerlike organ or claw terminating certain limbs of crustaceans and arachnids. [1640 50; < NL < Gk chelé claw] chela2 chelaship, n. /chay lah/, n. (in India) a disciple of a religious teacher. [1825 …   Universalium

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