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tadpole

[ tad-pohl ]

noun

  1. 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.


tadpole

/ ˈtædˌpəʊl /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tadpole1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English tad(de)pol, equivalent to tad(de) “toad” + pol “head”; toad, poll 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tadpole1

C15 taddepol, from tadde toad + pol head, poll

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Example Sentences

“If there’s no water, the tadpoles also can just hang out in the foam for a while,” says Mike Ryan, an animal behavior researcher at the University of Texas at Austin who has studied the túngara frog’s calls.

He was just searching, one night, for tadpoles in natural pools of water.

None of their incarnations look anything like a frog as it grows from an embryo to a tadpole.

By manipulating the electrical signals, we made tadpoles where everything was in the wrong place.

When he watched the tadpoles dart back and forth in the blue-green pools, when he climbed the rocks and ran his fingers through moss thick as wool, “it was like magic,” he says.

And the “Pond Pit” snack bar will serve fried tadpole rolls.

Next to his desk, which does not have computer on it, swims a frog he grew from a mail-order tadpole.

But the second I met him and saw his tadpole garden, I was like, “Oh, this kid is not any cooler than me.”

Let us not forget to add that he styled Keats "the tadpole of the Lakists."

Shortly after the tadpole wriggles out of the jellylike case and begins life outside the egg.

As the tadpole grows larger, legs appear, the hind legs first, although for a time locomotion is performed by means of the tail.

We distinguish frogs from tadpoles, in spite of the fact that at one stage the creature is half tadpole and half frog.

The map of Norway, apart from Sweden, presents an outline something like a tadpole with a crooked irregular tail.

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