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An amphibian of the family Pelodytidae, which includes parsley frogs.
Of or relating to the family Pelodytidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Pelodytidae, family name from Pelodytes, genus name (attributed to L. J. F. J. Fitzinger in C. L. Bonaparte Iconogr. Fauna Italica II. sig. 119*; from pelo- + ancient Greek δύτης diver from δύειν to dive + -της, suffix forming agent nouns) + -idae.
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