amplexus

[am-plek-suhs]
noun, plural amplexuses, amplexus.
the clasping posture of fertilization in frogs and toads.

Origin:
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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