One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mating position of frogs and toads, in which the male clasps the female about the back.‘pairs of toads in amplexus are easily caught’
- ‘As a female enters a spawning area, several males engage in amplexus with the female; in this way eggs and sperm are broadcast over the substrate.’
- ‘Axillary amplexus typically results in long strings of eggs being laid in ponds or streams, which hatch into type IV tadpoles.’
- ‘Females choose mates without interference from males, which rarely exhibit satellite behavior, do not search actively for females, and do not displace other males from amplexus.’
- ‘Once this headlock - the scientific term is amplexus - has been achieved, the two can be disentangled only by force.’
- ‘Of these, most resulted from a female initiating amplexus with a calling male.’
1930s: from Latin, ‘an embrace’.
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