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pincers

[pin-serz] /ˈpɪn sərz/
noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
1.
a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of).
2.
Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
Origin of pincers
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours, plural of *pinceour < Anglo-French pince(r) to pinch + -our -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for pincers

pincers

/ˈpɪnsəz/
plural noun
1.
Also called pair of pincers. a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
2.
the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch
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Word Origin and History for pincers
n.

early 14c., "tool for grasping or nipping," from Old French pinceure "pincers, tongs," from pincier "to pinch" (see pinch). Applied to animal parts from 1650s. Related: Pincer.

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pincers in Science
pincers
  (pĭn'sərz)   
A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
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