Definition of tadpole in English:

tadpole

Line breaks: tad|pole
Pronunciation: /ˈtadpəʊl
 
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noun

  • The tailed aquatic larva of an amphibian (frog, toad, newt, or salamander), breathing through gills and lacking legs until the later stages of its development.
    More example sentences
    • Early in its development a tadpole breathes with gills.
    • They will also prey on crayfish, frogs, tadpoles, and other aquatic dwellers.
    • As the tadpoles become frogs, the gills initially used to breathe are replaced with lungs.

Origin

late 15th century: from Old English tāda 'toad' + poll (probably because the tadpole seems to consist of a large head and a tail in its early development stage).

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