American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The copulatory embrace of frogs and toads, during which the male fertilizes the eggs that are released by the female.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of Paleozoic tetracorals of the family Zaphrentidæ, having simple subcylindrical coralla with shallow calice, well-marked septal fossula, and septa not reaching to the center.
- Latin amplexus, an embracing, from past participle of amplectī, to embrace : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + plectere, to twine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Toads mate in a position called amplexus, in which the male mounts the female from behind and fertilises her eggs externally.”
“This story is apparently not made up, although I am not yet convinced that we are getting the straight story from the media – after all, the widely reported three-headed British frog of 2004 was, after vigorous discussion, decided to most likely merely be multiple amplexus, inexpertly observed, on one Evolution/Creationism forum see also “Three-headed frog – not!” for the apparently definitive analysis.”
“Over thousands of years, people have rediscovered this approach, so it goes by various names: angelic dual cultivation, le jazer (cortezia), karezza, the reserved embrace (amplexus reservatus), and so forth.”
“Perhaps the most curious idea was that of certain medical writers in the middle ages: “Usus et amplexus pueri, bene temperatus, salutaris medicine” (Tardieu).”
“The frogs (plural) in your first photograph are just engaged in multiple amplexus.”
“Or maybe I just have amplexus on the brain. scatterbrain said”
“Osculi sensus, brachiorum amplexus, kissing and embracing are proper gifts of Nature to a man; but these are too lascivious kisses,  Implicuitque suos circum meet colla lacertos,”
“Cujus erat gratissimus amplexus (whose embrace was so agreeable) as Barnard saith, erit horribilis aspectus; Non redolet, sed olet, quae, redolere solet, As a posy she smells sweet, is most fresh and fair one day, but dried up, withered, and stinks another.”
“Here's a further example involving multiple amplexus of toads.”
“Credit to the The Independent for, so far, being the only one to introduce a sceptical note, quoting John Wilkinson, a frog ecologist who - while, I suspect, hedging his bets - also mentioned the possibility of multiple amplexus (and spotted the problem of the colour difference).”
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