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[tad-pohl] /ˈtæd poʊl/
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 of tadpole
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English tad(de)pol, equivalent to tad(de) toad + pol poll1 (head) Unabridged
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  • They are far superior to any creature which is "not far from the tadpole stage of evolution."

  • But after a while the tadpole's mother came out, and then the minnows caught it!

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • The adults retain the clefts at which the gills of the tadpole projected.

  • It seemed to me very like the tadpole resolution in "Festina lente."

  • His success was marked certain in the secret books of tadpole and Taper.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • We come now to the final stages in the life of the tadpole babies.

  • All the other chickens said the same, so Squdge ate the tadpole himself, and very good it tasted to him, too.

    Six Little Ducklings Katharine Pyle
  • There is a common belief that at a certain time the tail of the tadpole falls off.

  • The spring from the tadpole to the full-grown frog, the emancipation from boyhood into adolescence, is certainly very fascinating.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for tadpole


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
Word Origin
C15 taddepol, from taddetoad + pol head, poll
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Word Origin and History for tadpole

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

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