from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The copulatory embrace of frogs and toads, during which the male fertilizes the eggs that are released by the female.
from The 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)