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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /teˈzo(w).ɾɐ/ [teˈzo(ʊ̯).ɾɐ], /t͡ʃiˈzo(w).ɾɐ/ [t͡ʃiˈzo(ʊ̯).ɾɐ]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /teˈzo(w).ɾa/ [teˈzo(ʊ̯).ɾa]

  • (Caipira) IPA(key): /ti.ˈzo(w).ɾɐ/
  • Hyphenation: te‧sou‧ra

Etymology 1[edit]


From tesoira, from Latin tōnsōria (forfex), from tōnsor (hair cutter), from tondeō (to shear). Compare Galician tesoira, Spanish tijera, Asturian tixeres, tisories, Catalan tisores.

Alternative forms[edit]


tesoura f (plural tesouras)

  1. scissors (tool used for cutting)
  2. (architecture) a type of truss (framework of beams forming a rigid structure) used in rooves
    Synonym: asna
  3. scissor-tailed flycatcher (a species of bird)
    Synonym: tesourinha
  4. earwig (any insect of the order Dermaptera)
    Synonyms: bicha-cadela, bicho-da-lenha, lacrainha, rapino, rapelho, raspelho, tesourinha
  5. fiddler crab
    Synonyms: caranguejo-violinista, catanhão-tesoura, chama-maré, chora-maré, ciecié, maracauim, siri-patola, vem-cá, xié
  6. (soccer) a form of sliding tackle where the player performing the tackle has his legs wide open
  7. (martial arts) scissor kick (a kick where the attacker attempts to grabs his opponent’s neck with his legs)
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Further reading[edit]

  • tesoura” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. inflection of tesourar:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative