From Proto-Baltic *war-, *wer- with an extra -de, from Proto-Indo-European *wer-, a stem used to form words that imitate human and animal voices (compare vārds (“word, name”)). Cognates include Lithuanian varlė̃ (with a different suffix). A different hypothesis derives it from Proto-Indo-European *word-, which also yielded with Old Armenian գորտ (gort).
varde f (5th declension)
- frog (small, tailless amphibian (order: Anura) which typically hops)
zaļā varde ― green frog
ezera varde ― lake frog
purva varde ― marsh frog
varžu kurkuļi ― frog tadpoles
dīķī kurkst vardes ― frogs croak in the pond