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amplexus

[am-plek-suh s] /æmˈplɛk səs/
noun, plural amplexuses, amplexus.
1.
the clasping posture of fertilization in frogs and toads.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Neo-Latin, Latin: embrace, equivalent to amplect(ī) to embrace (am-, variant of ambi- ambi- + plectī, deponent of plectere to plait, twine; cf. complex, plexus) + -tus suffix of v. action
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  • amplexus, as this embrace is known, may be yet another way for males to outcompete their rivals.

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