tadpole

[ tad-pohl ]
/ ˈtæd poʊl /

noun

the aquatic larva or immature form of frogs and toads, especially after the development of the internal gills and before the appearance of the forelimbs and the resorption of the tail.

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Origin of tadpole

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English tad(de)pol, equivalent to tad(de) “toad” + pol “head”; toad, poll1
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British Dictionary definitions for tadpole

tadpole
/ (ˈtædˌpəʊl) /

noun

the aquatic larva of frogs, toads, etc, which develops from a limbless tailed form with external gills into a form with internal gills, limbs, and a reduced tail

Word Origin for tadpole

C15 taddepol, from tadde toad + pol head, poll
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