tadpole

tadpole

[tad-pohl]
noun
the aquatic larva or immature form of frogs and toads, especially after the development of the internal gills and before the appearance of the forelimbs and the resorption of the tail.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English tad(de)pol, equivalent to tad(de) toad + pol poll1 (head)

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tadpole (ˈtædˌpəʊl)
 
n
the aquatic larva of frogs, toads, etc, which develops from a limbless tailed form with external gills into a form with internal gills, limbs, and a reduced tail
 
[C15 taddepol, from taddetoad + pol head, poll]

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tadpole
c.1400, from tadde "toad" (see toad) + pol "head" (see poll).
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