secateur

noun
sec·​a·​teur | \ ˌse-kə-ˈtər How to pronounce secateur (audio) , ˈse-kə-ˌtər \

Definition of secateur

chiefly British
: pruning shears usually used in plural

Examples of secateur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Benzakein’s popularity, and the growing obsession with picking up the spade or the secateurs, taps into what Ryhanen sees as a deep longing for a connection to the natural world. Deborah Needleman, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of secateur

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for secateur

French sécateur, from Latin secare to cut

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“Secateur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secateur. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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