N-PLURAL: also a pair of N
Secateurs are a gardening tool that look like a pair of strong, heavy scissors. Secateurs are used for cutting the stems of plants. [BRIT]
(in AM, use pruning shears)

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  • secateurs — 1881, from Fr. sécateur, ultimately from L. secare to cut (see SECTION (Cf. section)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • secateurs — ► PLURAL NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a pair of pruning clippers for use with one hand. ORIGIN French, cutters , from Latin secare to cut …   English terms dictionary

  • secateurs — [sek′ə tərz] pl.n. [< Fr secateur < L secare, to cut (see SAW1) + Fr ateur < L ator, ATOR] Chiefly Brit. shears used for pruning …   English World dictionary

  • secateurs — n. a pair of secateurs * * * a pair of secateurs …   Combinatory dictionary

  • secateurs — sec|a|teurs [ˈsekətə:z US ˌsekəˈtə:rz] n [plural] BrE [Date: 1800 1900; : Frenc] strong scissors used for cutting plant stems ▪ a pair of secateurs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • secateurs — /sek euh teuhr, terr /, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Chiefly Brit. scissors or shears, esp. pruning shears. [1880 85; < F < L sec(are) to cut (see SECANT) + F ateurs (pl.) < L ator ATOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • secateurs — noun /ˈsɛk.əˌtɜː(ɹ)z/ small, handheld pruning shears Syn: pruning shears …   Wiktionary

  • secateurs — see SECTION …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • secateurs — n. pruning shears, special scissor like tool used to trim shrubs and plants (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • secateurs — [ˌsɛkə tə:z, sɛkətə:z] plural noun Brit. a pair of pruning clippers for use with one hand. Origin C19: plural of Fr. sécateur cutter , formed irregularly from L. secare to cut …   English new terms dictionary

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