Definition of Anura in English:


plural noun

  • 1An order of tailless amphibians that comprises the frogs and toads.

    Also called Salientia or Batrachia
    • ‘Of three possible histories, the only one that has not been seriously considered is an Anura (frogs and toads) - Gymnophiona sister relationship, with Caudata sister to that group.’
    • ‘Frogs and toads make up the order Anura, which is part of the vertebrate class Amphibia.’
    • ‘All toads are frogs, but true toads refers to a specific family in the order Anura.’
    • ‘There are around 3,900 species of tailless amphibians, or Anura, also called Salientia, including the frog and toad.’
    • ‘Until recently, study of the motor control of amphibian feeding was limited to a few model taxa, for example the genera Bufo and Rana representing the Anura, and salamanders of the genus Ambystoma representing the Caudata.’
    1. 1.1as plural noun anura Amphibians of the order "Anura"; frogs and toads.
      • ‘The Anura are remarkable for the total absence of teeth in the mandibles in all but one or two genera.’
      • ‘The Anura have relatively short and broad bodies, and both pairs of limbs are constantly present, the hinder being the longer and stronger.’
      • ‘The toxic epidermis of some Anura when impacted into a bite wound via teeth & saliva can likely create these reactions.’
      • ‘The living Anura are typically divided into three suborders.’


Modern Latin (plural), from an- ‘without’ + Greek oura ‘tail’.