pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Small pincers, usually of metal, used for plucking or handling small objects.
[From obsolete tweezes, pl. of tweeze, a case for tweezers or other small instruments, alteration of etweese, from French étuis, pl. of étui; see éTUI.]
(click for a larger image)tweezers
left: cross-locking jeweler's tweezers
right: slanted-tip eyebrow tweezers
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