• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chelura (Zoöl) A genus of marine amphipod crustacea, which bore into and sometimes destroy timber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chelura A genus of amphipod crustaceans, typical of the family Cheluridœ or wood-shrimps. C. terebrans gnaws into submerged wood, and is one of the most destructive crustaceans, owing to its immense numbers, though it is of diminutive size, being only about a third of an inch long.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. chhlh` claw + o'yra` tail