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claspers Syllabification: clasp·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈklaspərz/

Definition of claspers in English:

plural noun

A pair of appendages under the abdomen of a male shark or ray, or at the end of the abdomen of a male insect, used to hold the female during copulation.
Example sentences
  • No specimens with male claspers, either fully or partially developed, were detected.
  • In males, the first two pairs of thoracic appendages are hooked and serve as claspers during mating.
  • Note that the ‘rudimentary legs’ on some snakes are acknowledged as having a function during reproduction, as claspers during copulation.


Mid 19th century: from clasp.

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