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clasper

[klas-per, klah-sper] /ˈklæs pər, ˈklɑ spər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that clasps.
2.
(in insects, fishes, crustaceans, etc.) one of the modified, usually paired organs or parts by which the male clasps the female during copulation.
Origin of clasper
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; clasp + -er1
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  • We were at once hauled round, and a boat from the clasper came alongside.

    The Pilots of Pomona

    Robert Leighton
  • Wright had the better of the start, but in ten strokes clasper led by a quarter of a length.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Sometimes the pair of appendages has not a merely tactile jointed ramus, but is converted into a claw or clasper.

  • Oh, it's a specially fast kind of racing-boat, built by Clinker and clasper.

  • The specimens are smaller in size, the rostrum is longer and the clasper of the male is more pointed.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • In the males a cartilaginous generative organ, known as the clasper, is attached to the pelvis and the ventral fins.

  • The males in Elasmobranchii and Holocephali have the distal end of the meta-pterygium prolonged into a clasper.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • clasper made a desperate spurt, and got nearly abreast of his antagonist, who won by a length, in 23½ minutes.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • The dominie was aboard the Falcon just before the clasper came in yestreen, and I saw him again after ye were brought here.

    The Pilots of Pomona

    Robert Leighton

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