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pl nAlso called: secateur
(Tools) chiefly 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
[C19: plural of French sécateur, from Latin secāre to cut]
sec•a•teurs(ˈsɛk ə tərz, -ˌtɜrz)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Chiefly Brit.
[1880–85; < French < Latin sec(āre) to cut + French -ateurs (pl.) < Latin -ātor -ator]
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|Noun||1.||secateurs - small pruning shears with a spring that holds the handles open and a single blade that closes against a flat surface|
pruning shears - shears with strong blades used for light pruning of woody plants
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom