A pincer is the claw-like appendage on an insect or crustacean that allows it to grab things, particularly food. Your crab will never be a cuddly pet, because of those pincers you have to watch out for. Ouch!

If someone catches lobsters for a living, she'll have to be very careful of all of those pincers — in fact, when you buy live lobsters, their pincers are usually restrained with rubber bands. The danger with pincers is that they'll pinch, and these words share a root, the Old French pincier, "to pinch." There's also a tool called pincers that's modeled on animal pincers and used to grip, pull, or cut something.

Definitions of pincer

n a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods

chela, claw, nipper
Type of:
appendage, extremity, member
an external body part that projects from the body

n a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for grasping

pair of pincers, pair of tweezers, tweezer
roach clip, roach holder
metal tweezers used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach
Type of:
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

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