Sheep shears

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shears in which the blades form the two ends of a steel bow, by the elasticity of which they open as often as pressed together by the hand in cutting; - so called because used to cut off the wool of sheep.

See also: Sheep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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