Tadpole meaning

tădpōl
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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.

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The aquatic larva of a frog or toad, having gills, a long, laterally compressed tail, and in early stages, no limbs. During metamorphosis of a tadpole into an adult, legs and lungs develop, and the tail gradually disappears.
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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.
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A young toad or frog in its larval stage of development that lives in water, has a tail and no legs, and, like a fish, breathes through gills.
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The free-swimming larval stage of tunicates, having gill slits and a notochord.
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Origin of tadpole

  • Middle English taddepol tadde, tode toad toad pol head poll

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, tad (“toad") and poll (“head").

    From Wiktionary