- 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.
Origin of tadpole
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Examples from the Web for tadpole
But the second I met him and saw his tadpole garden, I was like, “Oh, this kid is not any cooler than me.”Miranda July Talks About Her New Book 'It Chooses You'
November 23, 2011
But after a while the tadpole's mother came out, and then the minnows caught it!Ting-a-ling
Frank Richard Stockton
It seemed to me very like the tadpole resolution in "Festina lente."Letters from Port Royal
We come now to the final stages in the life of the tadpole babies.
There is a common belief that at a certain time the tail of the tadpole falls off.
Like a tadpole, the market seems to consume itself in transactions.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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
C15 taddepol, from tadde toad + pol head, poll
Word Origin and History for tadpole
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