Definition of Alytes
: a genus of toads (family Discoglossidae) comprising the obstetrical toads of southwestern Europe
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Origin and Etymology of alytes
New Latin, probably irregular from Greek alytos not to be loosed or broken, from a- 2a- + lytos capable of being loosed, from lyein to loose; probably from the chainlike strings of eggs fastened to the male — more at lose
First Known Use: 1848
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