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One entry found for tadpole.
Main Entry: tadĚpole
Pronunciation: primarystresstad-secondarystresspomacrl
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English taddepol "tadpole," from tode "toad" and polle "head"
: the larva of a frog or toad that has a rounded body and a long tail, breathes with gills, and lives in water -- called also pollywog
Word History A young tadpole looks like a large head with a tail. In time it will develop back legs and then front legs. Finally it will lose its tail and become a toad or a frog. Our word for this immature form of a toad or frog comes from Middle English taddepol. This word was a combination of two others, tode, meaning "toad," and polle, meaning "head."
[tadpole illustration]

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