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[buh-trey-kee-uh n]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Batrachia, a former group comprising the amphibians, and sometimes restricted to the salientians.
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  1. an amphibian, especially a salientian.
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Origin of batrachian

1825–35; < New Latin Batrachi(a) (< Greek bátrach(os) frog + New Latin -ia noun suffix (neuter plural)) + -an)
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Examples from the Web for batrachian

Historical Examples

  • Although the batrachian is of the genus bufo, he is by no means a buffo genius.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870


  • There were remarkable reptiles belonging to the frog or Batrachian family.

  • He exploits the batrachian or the reptile with no less animation.

  • The batrachian is not indispensable; a Mole will serve as well or even better.

  • To many of us the differences between a reptile and a batrachian are unknown.

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

British Dictionary definitions for batrachian


  1. any amphibian, esp a frog or toad
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  1. of or relating to the frogs and toads
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Batrachia, from Greek batrakhos frog
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batrachian in Science


  1. Relating to tailless amphibians, such as frogs and toads.
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