Chelicera Che*lic"e*ra (k[-e]*l[i^]s"[-e]*r[.a]), n.; pl. {Chelicer[ae]} (-r[=e]). [NL., fr. Gr. chhlh` claw + ke`ras horn.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the anterior pair of mouth organs, terminated by a pincherlike claw, in scorpions and allied Arachnida. They are homologous with the falcers of spiders, and probably with the mandibles of insects. [1913 Webster]

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