One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who grinds scissors; especially a (typically itinerant) person who makes a living by sharpening scissors and knives.
2Any of various birds and other animals that make a call or sound resembling the sound of a scissors-grinder's wheel: (in Bermuda) a cicada; (English regional) the nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus; (Australian) the restless flycatcher, Myiagra inquieta.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Keyssler's Travels. In some forms from the singular of scissors + grinder.
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