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An amphibian, especially a frog, or, in some classifications, a frog or a salamander but not a caecilian.

[From Greek batrakhos, frog.]

ba·tra′chi·an adj.


(Animals) any amphibian, esp a frog or toad
(Animals) of or relating to the frogs and toads
[C19: from New Latin Batrachia, from Greek batrakhos frog]


(bəˈtreɪ ki ən)

1. of or pertaining to the Batrachia, a former group name for frogs and toads.
2. a frog or toad.
[1825–35; < New Latin Batrachi(a) (< Greek bátrach(os) frog + New Latin -ia + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.batrachian - any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leapingbatrachian - any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
ranid, true frog - insectivorous usually semiaquatic web-footed amphibian with smooth moist skin and long hind legs
leptodactylid, leptodactylid frog - toothed frogs: terrestrial or aquatic or arboreal
robber frog - small terrestrial frog of tropical America
barking frog, Hylactophryne augusti, robber frog - of southwest United States and Mexico; call is like a dog's bark
crapaud, Leptodactylus pentadactylus, South American bullfrog - large toothed frog of South America and Central America resembling the bullfrog
tree frog, tree-frog - any of various Old World arboreal frogs distinguished from true frogs by adhesive suckers on the toes
Ascaphus trui, bell toad, ribbed toad, tailed frog, tailed toad - western North American frog with a taillike copulatory organ
Liopelma hamiltoni - primitive New Zealand frog with four unwebbed toes on forefeet and five on hind feet
true toad - tailless amphibian similar to a frog but more terrestrial and having drier warty skin
Alytes obstetricans, obstetrical toad, midwife toad - European toad whose male carries the fertilized eggs wrapped around its hind legs until they hatch
Alytes cisternasi, midwife toad - similar in habit to Alytes obstetricians
Bombina bombina, fire-bellied toad - toad of central and eastern Europe having red or orange patches mixed with black on its underside
spadefoot, spadefoot toad - a burrowing toad of the northern hemisphere with a horny spade-like projection on each hind foot
tree frog, tree toad, tree-frog - arboreal amphibians usually having adhesive disks at the tip of each toe; of southeast Asia and Australia and America
Gastrophryne olivacea, western narrow-mouthed toad - small secretive toad with smooth tough skin of central and western North America
eastern narrow-mouthed toad, Gastrophryne carolinensis - small toad of southeastern United States
sheep frog - mostly of Central America
tongueless frog - almost completely aquatic frog native to Africa and Panama and northern South America
South American poison toad - a South American toad
Adj.1.batrachian - relating to frogs and toadsbatrachian - relating to frogs and toads    
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals


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Cadwallader as frog-faced: a man perhaps about two or three and thirty, whose prominent eyes, thin-lipped, downward-curved mouth, and hair sleekly brushed away from a forehead that sank suddenly above the ridge of the eyebrows, certainly gave his face a batrachian unchangeableness of expression.
Amongst the Batrachian reptiles, I found only one little toad (Phryniscus nigricans), which was most singular from its colour.
Yet if we compare the older Reptiles and Batrachians, the older Fish, the older Cephalopods, and the eocene Mammals, with the more recent members of the same classes, we must admit that there is some truth in the remark.
The works to be carried out include: - various earthworks and landscaping, - intervention on existing vegetation, - soil preparation, Tree pits, Uptake and provision for placing topsoil, - specific tree and shrub plantations, - floor protections, Anti-game protections, - sowing with specific herbaceous mixtures, - management of invasive plants, - large wildlife fences, Batrachian fences, Canadian crossings, Gates and gates, Trace traps, - completion works (12 months) and reinforcement (24 months) for a total duration of 36 months from the reception of each article phase.
The potential for change is too often wasted on humans, who age without maturing, and Aldous's fiction teems with "asymmetrical tadpoles," grown-up infants "full of batrachian grapplings in the dark" (1928, 72,149).
Waite ER (1925) Field notes on some Australian reptiles and a batrachian.
But he also knows of them that they are monsters beyond his batrachian ken.
In a dusty inner store room they stood before the man who called himself Batrachian.
Through the long winter it lies--a solid crystal almost--under the accumulating weight of many snows, barren of all life save that which, like itself, waits for the summer's sun to warm it into tardy being and bring with the rank green fringe its swarms of batrachian young.