- The definition of a tadpole is the young stage of an amphibian, it lives in water, has a tail and breaths through gills.
An example of a tadpole is the stage a toad is in before it gets legs and lungs for breathing outside of the water.
A single tadpole.
tadpole definition by Webster's New World
- the larva of certain amphibians, as frogs and toads, having gills and a tail and living in water: as it matures, the gills usually are lost and legs develop
- the free-swimming larval stage of tunicates, having gill slits and a notochord
Origin: Middle English taddepol ; from tadde, toad plush poll, head, hence, toad that seems all head
tadpole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English taddepol : tadde, tode, toad; see toad + pol, head; see poll.
tadpole in four stages of development