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am·plex·us

 (ăm-plĕk′səs)
n. pl. amplexus or am·plex·us·es
The copulatory embrace of frogs and toads, during which the male fertilizes the eggs that are released by the female.

[Latin amplexus, an embracing, from past participle of amplectī, to embrace : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + plectere, to twine; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]
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amplexus

(æmˈplɛksəs)
n
the mating embrace of amphibians, particularly frogs and toads
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am•plex•us

(æmˈplɛk səs)

n., pl. -us•es, -us.
the copulatory clasping posture of frogs and toads.
[1925–30; < New Latin, Latin: embrace amplect(ī) to embrace (am-, variant of ambi- ambi- + plectere to plait, twine)]
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