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batrachian

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From modern Latin Batrachia, former name of the zoological order Anura, from Greek βατραχεια, neuter plural of adjective from βατραχος ‘frog’.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bəˈtreɪkɪən/

NounEdit

batrachian (plural batrachians)

  1. A frog or toad.
    • 1976, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Penguin, published 2001, page 421:
      The warmth of his defence of the toad led me to suspect uneasily that a close search of his quarters would pretty certainly reveal a comfortable vivarium somewhere, bursting with the little batrachians.

AdjectiveEdit

batrachian (comparative more batrachian, superlative most batrachian)

  1. Pertaining to a frog or toad.
    • 1939, Henry Miller, Tropic Of Capricorn:
      At this Lena smiled again with that mirthless batrachian grin.
    • 1965, John Fowles, The Magus:
      His batrachian lips pursed into a smile, and he dug again into the honey.
    • 2000 The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, "The Innsmouth Look"
      I dig her batrachian lips / Her bulbous eyes and scaly hips

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