usage note
The words "alicate" and "alicates" can be used interchangeably in Spanish to refer to a single pair of pliers.
masculine noun
1. (tool) 
a. pliers 
Corté el cable rojo con el alicate de la caja de herramientas.I cut the red cable with the pliers from the toolbox.
2. (tool for nails) (Latin America) 
Para cortarme las uñas prefiero los alicates a la lima.I prefer to cut my nails with nail clippers rather than with a fingernail file.
plural noun
3. (tool) 
a. pliers 
El joyero utilizó los alicates para cerrarun eslabón de la pulsera.The jeweler used the pliers to close a link on the bracelet.
1. (general) 
2. (para uñas) (Latin America) 
a. nail clippers 
2 (Arg) (cortaúñas) nail clippers
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