amplexus

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noun am·plex·us \am-ˈplek-səs\

Definition of amplexus

  1. :  the mating embrace of a frog or toad during which eggs are shed into the water and there fertilized

Origin and Etymology of amplexus

New Latin, from Latin, embrace, from amplecti to embrace, from am-, amb- around + plectere to braid — more at ambi-, ply


First Known Use: 1900


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