From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
1. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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