clasper
noun Date: circa 1847 a male copulatory structure: a. one of a pair of external anal processes of an insect that are used to grasp a female b. one of a pair of organs that are extensions of the pelvic fins of cartilaginous fishes

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  • Clasper — Clasp er (kl[.a]sp [ e]r), n. 1. One who, or that which, clasps, as a tendril. The claspers of vines. Derham. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of a pair of organs used by the male for grasping the female among many of the Crustacea. (b) One… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clasper — the rod like extension of the medial portion of the pelvic fin in male Elasmobranchii and Holocephali. Claspers are used as intromittent organs (not in clasping), the grooves on their facing surfaces together forming a tube for the transmission… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Clasper — Valva redirects here. For other uses, see Valva (disambiguation). The claspers of a spotted wobbegong shark (Orectolobus maculatus) In biology, a clasper is a male anatomical structure found some groups of animals, used in mating. Male… …   Wikipedia

  • clasper — n. [ME. claspen, to embrace] 1. (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) An appendage, including antenna, modified for holding of female during copulation; or an organ for fixation in parasites. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) a. A modified male appendage of certain… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • clasper — /klas peuhr, klah speuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that clasps. 2. (in insects, fishes, crustaceans, etc.) one of the modified, usually paired organs or parts by which the male clasps the female during copulation. [1545 55; CLASP + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • clasper — noun a) Anything that clasps b) Any of several appendages, in insects, crustacea and fish, that are used to clasp the female during copulation …   Wiktionary

  • clasper — Appendage, including antenna, modified for holding female during copulation; or an organ for fixation in parasites [McLaughlin, 1980]. Appendage, including antenna, that serves for attachment in copulation or as organ for fixation in parasites… …   Crustacea glossary

  • clasper — n. someone or something which clasps; clasp, hook …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clasper — 1) scalper 2) parcels …   Anagrams dictionary

  • clasper — clasp·er …   English syllables

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