from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to vertebrate amphibians without tails, such as frogs and toads.
  • n. A vertebrate amphibian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A frog or toad.
  • adj. Pertaining to a frog or toad.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Batrachia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Batrachia, especially frogs and toads.
  • n. One of the Batrachia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to frogs and toads
  • n. any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species


From Greek batrakhos, frog.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From modern Latin Batrachia, former name of the zoological order Anura, from Greek βατραχεια, neuter plural of adjective from βατραχος ‘frog’. (Wiktionary)



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