[[t]æmˈplɛk səs[/t]] n. pl. -us•es, -us
ram the copulatory clasping posture of frogs and toads
Etymology: 1925–30; < NL, L: embrace amplect(ī) to embrace (am-, var. of ambi- ambi-+plectere to plait, twine)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • amplexus — n. fertilization mating position of frogs or toads …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • amplexus — am·plex·us …   English syllables

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