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clasper

[klas-per, klah-sper]
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.
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Origin of clasper

First recorded in 1545–55; clasp + -er1
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Historical Examples of clasper

  • 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