Scissors, or 'pair of scissors', are a tool for cutting cloth and thread. The precursors of scissors were flint blades and shears. The English word scissors derives from the late Middle English word sisources, which in its turn comes from the Old French word cisoires meaning shears. The word cisoires derives from the late Latin word cisorium, the name for a cutting instrument.
The earliest textiles and threads were probably cut with sharp stones and later with fine, stone blades, such as those made of flint. The next stage in the development of equipment for cutting thread and cloth was the introduction of metal shears (sometimes called spring scissors). This appears to have taken place by the second or first millennium BC in Southwest Asia