noun tad·pole \ˈtad-ˌpōl\

: a small creature that becomes an adult frog or toad, that has a rounded body and a long tail, and that lives in water

Full Definition of TADPOLE

:  a larval amphibian; specifically :  a frog or toad larva that has a rounded body with a long tail bordered by fins and external gills soon replaced by internal gills and that undergoes a metamorphosis to the adult

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Origin of TADPOLE

Middle English taddepol, from tode toad + polle head
First Known Use: 15th century
TADPOLE Defined for Kids


noun tad·pole \ˈtad-ˌpōl\

Definition of TADPOLE for Kids

:  the larva of a frog or toad that has a long tail, breathes with gills, and lives in water

Word History of TADPOLE

A young tadpole, which looks like a large head with a tail, will in time become a toad or a frog. The English word tadpole comes from a Middle English compound word taddepol, made up from tadde, toad, and pol, head.


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