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[sek-uh-ter, -tur] /ˈsɛk ə tər, -ˌtɜr/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Chiefly British.
scissors or shears, especially pruning shears.
Origin of secateurs
1880-85; < French < Latin sec(āre) to cut (see secant) + French -ateurs (plural) < Latin -ātor -ator Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for secateurs


/ˈsɛkətəz; ˌsɛkəˈtɜːz/
plural noun
(mainly Brit) a small pair of shears for pruning, having a pair of pivoted handles, sprung so that they are normally open, and usually a single cutting blade that closes against a flat surface
Word Origin
C19: plural of French sécateur, from Latin secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for secateurs

pruning shears, 1881, from French sécateur, ultimately from Latin secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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