The definition of a tadpole is the young stage of an amphibian, it lives in water, has a tail and breaths through gills.noun
An example of a tadpole is the stage a toad is in before it gets legs and lungs for breathing outside of the water.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME taddepol < tadde, toad + poll, head, hence, toad that seems all head
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Origin: Middle English taddepol : tadde, tode, toad; see toad + pol, head; see poll.
tadpole in four stages of development