the mating clasp of the male frog or toad: he clings to the back of the female and fertilizes her eggs as she ejects them into the water
Origin of amplexusModern Latin ; from L, embrace: see amplexicaul
nounpl. amplexus 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.
Origin of amplexusLatin amplexus, an embracing, from past participle of amplectī, to embrace : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi– + plectere, to twine; see plek- in Indo-European roots.