One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small kind of toad.
Several genera, including Pseudophryne of Australia (family Myobatrachidae), and Pelophryne of SE Asia (family Bufonidae)
2A tiny toad that has recently developed from a tadpole.
- ‘Later in the summer, 13 toadlets were observed outside the pond showing that some of the tadpoles had survived the difficult conditions.’
- ‘Luckily, the tadpoles mature into toadlets in less than two weeks.’
- ‘These ponds often dry out, killing the tadpoles, before they can change into toadlets and leave the pond.’
- ‘Additionally, these tadpoles become toadlets unusually early, so they are out of the water and hopping around faster than most other frogs.’
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