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nuptial pad

Syllabification: nup·tial pad

Definition of nuptial pad in English:

noun

Zoology
A pigmented swelling on the inner side of the hand in some male frogs and toads, assisting grip during copulation.
Example sentences
  • We further examined each male for well-developed nuptial pads, as indicators of readiness for reproduction.
  • Other characters known from hyperoliids include the presence of a dentomentalis muscle, the absence of a nuptial pad, claw-shaped terminal phalanges, vertical pupils, and a cartilaginous sternum.
  • They acquired nuptial pads, which helped them to clutch the slippery females, an example perhaps of striving.

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