an·​uran | \ ə-ˈnyu̇r-ən How to pronounce anuran (audio) , a-, -ˈnu̇r- \

Definition of anuran

: 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

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Other Words from anuran

anuran adjective

Examples of anuran in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of anuran

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anuran

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

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“Anuran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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