chēlē , ēs, f., = χηλή (the claws or arms of animals). *
I. In mechanics, the claw-shaped part of the ballista, the trigger: “manicula,” Vitr. 10, 15 and 17.—
II.Plur.: chēlae , ārum, f.; in astron., lit. the arms of Scorpio; but, since these extend into Libra, meton. Libra, Verg. G. 1, 33; Cic. Arat. 293; Col. 10, 56; Luc. 1, 659; Manil. 4, 203; cf. Claud. Cons. Mall. Theod. 120.
A Latin Dictionary. Founded on Andrews' edition of Freund's Latin dictionary. revised, enlarged, and in great part rewritten by. Charlton T. Lewis, Ph.D. and. Charles Short, LL.D. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1879.
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