clasper

[klas-per, klah-sper]
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:
1545–55; clasp + -er1

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clasp (klɑːsp)
 
n
1.  a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
2.  a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
3.  military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
 
vb
4.  to hold in a firm grasp
5.  to grasp firmly with the hand
6.  to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
 
[C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace]
 
'clasper
 
n

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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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