an·​uran ə-ˈnyu̇r-ən How to pronounce anuran (audio)
: any of an order (Anura) of amphibians comprising the frogs, toads, and tree frogs all of which lack a tail in the adult stage and have long hind limbs often suited to leaping and swimming
anuran adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wood frogs, spring peepers and grey tree frogs can be heard in many parks, as well, though the noisy anurans grow quiet as humans approach. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 One of the most striking types of anuran, the variable harlequin frog, is on the brink of extinction. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 2 Feb. 2018 Some of the most remarkable organisms in the forest are frogs and toads (anurans), 170 separate species of which call Panama their home. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 2 Feb. 2018

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Word History


ultimately from Greek a- + oura tail — more at ass

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anuran was in 1842

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“Anuran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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