Zoology. the appendages of the male of certain fishes and insects, serving to hold the female.

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  • Harry Clasper — (5 July 1812 – 13 July 1870) was a famous Tyneside professional rower and boat builder. He was an innovative boat designer who pioneered the development of the racing shell and the use of outriggers. He is said to have invented spoon shaped oars …   Wikipedia