/pin"seuhrz/, n. (usually used with a pl. v.)
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. Zool. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
Also, pinchers.
[1300-50; ME pinsers, earlier pynceours, pl. of *pinceour < AF pince(r) to PINCH + -our -OR2]

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Universalium. 2010.

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