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
  1. noun
    a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
    synonyms: chela, claw, nipper
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    type of:
    appendage, extremity, member
    an external body part that projects from the body
  2. noun
    a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for grasping
    synonyms: pair of pincers, pair of tweezers, tweezer
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    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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