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1. One that clasps.
2. Any of the appendages of the male of certain insects and crustaceans that are used during copulation to hold the female.
3. A posterior extension on each of the pelvic fins of male cartilaginous fishes that aids in the transmission of sperm during copulation.


(ˈklæs pər, ˈklɑ spər)

1. one that clasps.
2. (in insects, fishes, crustaceans) one of the usu. paired organs or parts by which the male clasps the female during copulation.
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