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[uh-noo r-uh n, uh-nyoo r-]
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  1. any amphibian of the order Anura, comprising the frogs and toads.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Anura.

Origin of anuran

< New Latin Anur(a) (an- an1 + Greek -oura, neuter plural of -ouros -tailed, derivative of ourá tail) + -an
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Examples from the Web for anuran

Historical Examples

  • Studies of chromosomes of some anuran amphibians (Hylidae and Centrolenidae).

    Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group

    William E. Duellman

  • The characters used in the systematic study of the frogs in this group are those usually employed in anuran systematics.

British Dictionary definitions for anuran


  1. any of the vertebrates of the order Anura (or Salientia), characterized by absence of a tail and very long hind legs specialized for hopping: class Amphibia (amphibians). The group includes the frogs and toads
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the order Anura
French name: salientian

Word Origin

C20: from New Latin Anura, from an- + Greek oura tail
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