amplexus

[ am-plek-suh s ]
/ æmˈplɛk səs /

noun, plural am·plex·us·es, am·plex·us.

the clasping posture of fertilization in frogs and toads.

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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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