• Tadpoles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tadpole a larval frog or toad
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tadpole getting legs Tadpole getting legs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • Tadpole (Zoöl) The hooded merganser.
    • Tadpole (Zoöl) The young aquatic larva of any amphibian. In this stage it breathes by means of external or internal gills, is at first destitute of legs, and has a finlike tail. Called also polliwig polliwog porwiggle, or purwiggy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as 'Ke-kou-ke-la.' Unfortunately, the Company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means 'bite the wax tadpole' or 'female horse stuffed with wax' depending on the dialect. Coke then researched Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, 'ko-kou-ko-le,' which can be loosely translated as 'happiness in the mouth.'
    • n tadpole The larva of a batrachian, as a frog or toad, from the time it leaves the egg until it loses its gills and tail. The name is chiefly the popular designation of the young of anurous batrachians, when the head and body form a rounded figure with a long tail, used like a fish's to swim with, and the creatures live in the water and breathe by gills. They gradually sprout their legs, drop or absorb their gills and tail, and come on land to breathe air. The term is also used of any other larvæ of amphibians in which the metamorphosis is less complete, as of newts, efts, or salamanders.
    • n tadpole The hooded merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus: doubtless so called from the apparent size of the head. See the quotation under moss-head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tadpole tad′pōl a young toad or frog in its first state, before the tail is absorbed and the limbs pushed forth
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  • William S. Burroughs
    “Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tadde, toad (AS. tādie, tādige,) + poll,; properly, a toad that is or seems all head. See Toad, and Poll
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A toad with a poll.


In literature:

"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
You're nothing but a tadpole, anyhow.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Who, then, are the true antithesis to the Tapers and Tadpoles?
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Beetles, tadpoles, young frogs, and lizards are sometimes found in its crop.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II., No. 5, November 1897" by Various
Henceforth only the tadpoles could wear tails.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
The tadpole striving for legs and wings, till in the course of the centuries it developed both.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
And then there were the tadpoles, who were ever so many and ever so merry.
"The Pond" by Carl Ewald
Tadpole will show you the way.
"Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes
Harold, it further appeared, greatly coveting tadpoles, and top-heavy with the eagerness of possession, had fallen into the pond.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
Did some one throw away their tadpoles, or did the dog eat their molasses candy?
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

Little Tommy Tadpole began to weep and wail,
For little Tommy Tadpole had lost his little tail;
And his mother didn't know him as he wept upon a log,
For he wasn't Tommy Tadpole, but Mr. Thomas Frog.
"Growing Up" by C J Dennis

In news:

And not just a few tadpoles - maybe 200 of them.
'When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish' by Martin Gardner.
This would have been in line with Tadpole 's way of helping others.
' Tadpole ' Daniels dies from injuries.
Charles ' Tadpole ' Daniels.
Well-known Goldsboro businessman Charles " Tadpole " Daniels died Wednesday at Pitt Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Tuesday morning in Onslow County.
Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus.
Metroparks Zoo breeds tadpoles, gives nature a hand ( audio ).
Gurdon showed in 1962 that DNA from specialized cells of tadpoles, such as skin or intestinal cells, could be used to clone more tadpoles.
Cleveland-raised tadpoles help save Puerto Rico toad species.
Between the tadpoles and sweet peas.
The Bob White painting from March the column quot Tadpoles quot .
Kinder­garten stu­dents at Indian Springs Ele­men­tary School search for tad­poles Wednes­day dur­ing a class visit to the Strat­ford Eco­log­i­cal Cen­ter.
The Tadpole to Frog exercise works your abs, butt, triceps, shoulders, calves, and thighs.

In science:

In some diagrams a line connects a point to itself (i = j ), these are the so-called ”tadpoles”.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
The graphs produced that way are degenerate, there are tadpoles and multiple connections between nodes.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
As a result, after including tadpole graphs to all orders, one finds multiple solutions for the zero-4-momentum propagator that again can differ from (38) even when φ → ±v .
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
Here, the tadpole diagrams mean that the two Aµ gauge fields in the B (2) term are contracted with each other.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
Therefore, subtracting only the usual gluon tadpoles was not enough to improve the perturbative behavior.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links