from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A grasping tool having a pair of jaws and handles pivoted together to work in opposition.
  • The articulated prehensile claws of certain arthropods, such as the lobster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gripping tool, pivoted like a pair of scissors, but with blunt jaws.
  • n. The front claws of crustaceans such as lobsters.
  • n. Plural form of pincer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See pinchers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A species of herring, Sardina escamuda.
  • n. A tool having two hinged jaws which can be firmly closed and held together. See cut under nippers.
  • n. In zoology, nippers or prehensile claws of certain animals, as insects and crustaceans.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. A chela, or chelate limb. See chela, and cuts under lobster and Pedipalpi.
  • n. Anal forceps.
  • n. Sometimes called pinchers.


Middle English pinsours, from Old French pinceure, from Old French pincier, to pinch; see pinch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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