Definition of claspers in English:

claspers

plural noun

Zoology
  • A pair of appendages under the abdomen of a male shark or ray, or at the end of the abdomen of a male insect, used to hold the female during copulation.

    • ‘The claspers are assumed to function in copulation.’
    • ‘Note that the ‘rudimentary legs’ on some snakes are acknowledged as having a function during reproduction, as claspers during copulation.’
    • ‘No specimens with male claspers, either fully or partially developed, were detected.’
    • ‘In a further effort to identify our specimens, we examined the left and right claspers from one of the male specimens.’
    • ‘In males, the first two pairs of thoracic appendages are hooked and serve as claspers during mating.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from clasp.

Pronunciation:

claspers

/ˈklaspərz/