- belonging or pertaining to the Batrachia, a former group comprising the amphibians, and sometimes restricted to the salientians.
- an amphibian, especially a salientian.
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
Although the batrachian is of the genus bufo, he is by no means a buffo genius.
There were remarkable reptiles belonging to the frog or Batrachian family.Chatterbox, 1906
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
- any amphibian, esp a frog or toad
- of or relating to the frogs and toads
C19: from New Latin Batrachia, from Greek batrakhos frog
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- Relating to tailless amphibians, such as frogs and toads.
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