: a genus of toads (family Discoglossidae) comprising the obstetrical toads of southwestern Europe

Word History


New Latin, probably irregular from Greek alytos not to be loosed or broken, from a- a- entry 2 + lytos capable of being loosed, from lyein to loose; probably from the chainlike strings of eggs fastened to the male

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alytes was in 1848

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“Alytes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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