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amplexus

Line breaks: am|plexus
Pronunciation: /amˈplɛksəs
 
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Definition of amplexus in English:

noun

[mass noun] Zoology
The mating position of frogs and toads, in which the male clasps the female about the back: pairs of toads in amplexus are easily caught
More example sentences
  • As a female enters a spawning area, several males engage in amplexus with the female; in this way eggs and sperm are broadcast over the substrate.
  • Of these, most resulted from a female initiating amplexus with a calling male.
  • Females choose mates without interference from males, which rarely exhibit satellite behavior, do not search actively for females, and do not displace other males from amplexus.

Origin

1930s: from Latin, 'an embrace'.

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