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clasper

[klas-per, klah-sper]
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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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claspers

pl n zoology
  1. a paired organ of male insects, used to clasp the female during copulation
  2. a paired organ of male sharks and related fish, used to assist the transfer of spermatozoa into the body of the female during copulation
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