Tadpole Tad"pole`, n. [OE. tadde toad (AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige) + poll; properly, a toad that is or seems all head. See {Toad}, and {Poll}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The young aquatic larva of any amphibian. In this stage it breathes by means of external or internal gills, is at first destitute of legs, and has a finlike tail. Called also {polliwig}, {polliwog}, {porwiggle}, or {purwiggy}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The hooded merganser. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Tadpole fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Forkbeard} (a) . [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tadpole — (n.) c.1400, from tadde toad (see TOAD (Cf. toad)) + pol head (see POLL (Cf. poll) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tadpole — [tad′pōl΄] n. [ME taddepol < tadde, toad + poll, head, hence, toad that seems all head] 1. the larva of certain amphibians, as frogs and toads, having gills and a tail and living in water: as it matures, the gills usually are lost and legs… …   English World dictionary

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  • tadpole — tad·pole (tăd’pōl′) n. ▸ The aquatic larva of a frog or toad, having gills, a long, laterally compressed tail, and in early stages, no limbs. During metamorphosis of a tadpole into an adult, legs and lungs develop, and the tail gradually… …   Word Histories

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