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[rohn-zhur; French rawn-zhœr]
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noun, plural ron·geurs [rohn-zhurz; French rawn-zhœr] /roʊnˈʒɜrz; French rɔ̃ˈʒœr/. Surgery.
  1. a strongly constructed instrument with a sharp-edged, scoop-shaped tip, used for gouging out bone.
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Origin of rongeur

1880–85; < French: literally, gnawer
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(rôn-zhœr, rôɴ-)
  1. A heavy-duty forceps for removing small pieces of bone.
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