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amplexus

[am-plek-suh s]
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noun, plural am·plex·us·es, am·plex·us.
  1. the clasping posture of fertilization in frogs and toads.

Origin of amplexus

1925–30; < New Latin, Latin: embrace, equivalent to amplect(ī) to embrace (am-, variant of ambi- ambi- + plectī, deponent of plectere to plait, twine; cf. complex, plexus) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for amplexus

Historical Examples

  • Amplexus and spawning occur mainly within a day or two after the frogs reach the ponds.

    Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog

    Henry S. Fitch

  • In amplexus the members of a pair sometimes become glued together by their viscous dermal secretions.


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