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Tongs, pincers, nippers, or pliers, used in antiquity for various purposes.


A pair of tongs (πυράγρα, θερμαστρίς) for taking heated metal out of the fire, or holding it upon the anvil; used by smiths, and therefore attributed to Vulcan and the Cyclopes. (See Incus.)


As a surgical

Forcipes. (Blūmner.) a, b, and e, from vase-paintings; c, from the altar of Vulcan at Veii; d, from a bas-relief; f, from an original now in the Zürich Museum.

instrument, a forceps (λαβίς, Hippocr.). Several specimens found at Pompeii are figured under Chirurgia.


In military language, a tenaille; in which sense, however, forfex is more used (Amm. Marc. xvi. 11.3). See Forfex.

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