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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Che"la
The pincherlike claw of Crustacea and Arachnida.

Etymology: NL., fr. Gr. chhlh` claw

noun Che"la
In India, a dependent person occupying a position between that of a servant or slave and a disciple; hence, a disciple or novice.

Etymology: Hind. chēla, orig., slave, fr. Skr. cēṭa cēṭaka, slave, servant

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
  2. A Hindu disciple of a swami

From Latin chele, from Ancient Greek χηλή (khēlḗ).

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

Borrowing from Hindi चेला (celā).

  1. A pupil or disciple, especially in Hinduism.

    chela was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Ladin, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Chela

    Chela Bon was an actress. She was most active from 1945 to 1989. Chela was born in 1930 in Santiago. Chela is also known as Graciela Bon Hewitt. She breathed her last breath on January 23rd, 2010.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chela

    Juan Ignacio Chela is a tennis player. Juan was born on August 30th, 1979 in Ciudad Evita.


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    Popularity of Chela as a first name

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    Fun Facts about the name Chela

    • How Popular is the name Chela? Chela is the 16,818th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Chela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 474 babies born with the first name Chela in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chela to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chela? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Chela first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chela is Sunday, June 11th, 1899.
    • What year had the most people named Chela born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chela was in 1985 with a total of 79 babies.
    • Random Chela Factoid: According to the 1985 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chela is not a popular baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 27 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1985.
    • Weird things about the name Chela: Your name in reverse order is Alehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alche. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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