- scissors or shears, especially pruning shears.
Origin of secateurs
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- mainly British 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 for secateurs
C19: plural of French sécateur, from Latin secāre to cut
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pruning shears, 1881, from French sécateur, ultimately from Latin secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).
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