pincers definition

  • noun-plural:
    • A grasping device having a pair of jaws and handles pivoted together be effective in resistance.
    • The articulated prehensile claws of certain arthropods, for instance the lobster.
    • See pinchers.
  • noun:
    • A gripping device, pivoted like a pair of scissors, however with blunt jaws.
    • The front claws of crustaceans particularly lobsters.
    • Plural kind of pincer.
    • an instrument having two hinged jaws that can be solidly closed and held collectively. See cut-under nippers.
    • In zoology, nippers or prehensile claws of certain creatures, as bugs and crustaceans.
    • exclusively
    • A chela, or chelate limb. See chela, and cuts under lobster and Pedipalpi.
    • Anal forceps.
    • Occasionally called pinchers.
  • others:
    • A species of herring, Sardina escamuda.

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