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, 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.