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clasper

[klas-per, klah-sper] /ˈklæs pər, ˈklɑ spər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that clasps.
2.
(in insects, fishes, crustaceans, etc.) one of the modified, usually paired organs or parts by which the male clasps the female during copulation.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; clasp + -er1
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  • The claspers of males were measured from the clasper tip to the anterior termination of the vent.

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