Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of very short-tailed wren-like birds of India, generally referred to the genus Tesia. Hodgson, 1841.
- n. A genus of leaf-nosed bats, of the family Phyllostomatidœ.
- n. Also written Anoura.
- An order of Amphibia, the Batrachia salientia, or batrachians proper, as frogs and toads; salient oviparous amphibians, tailless when adult, provided with well-developed legs, breathing air by lungs, and undergoing complete metamorphosis from the tadpole state, in which they are tailed and limbless, and breathe water by gills. Called
Anurain distinction from Urodela, and Theriomorpha in contrast to Ichthyomorpha. The vertebræ are diversiform and from 7 to 10 in number. The Anura have a well-formed sternum, and a pectoral and a pelvic arch. The skin is naked, and serves to some extent as an organ of respiration; it is shed as in serpents. Small variously disposed teeth are usually present; the tongue is present (in Phaneroglossa), or apparently absent (in Aglossa). There are upward of 500 species of this very homogeneous group, for which some 130 genera and from 5 to 25 families are adopted by different authors. The typical frogs are of the family Ranidœ the tree-frogs are Hylidœ; the toads, Bufonidœ; and the aglossal Surinam toad is the type of a family Pipidœ. Also written Anoura. See cuts under omosternum, Rana, and temporomastoid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the orders of amphibians characterized by the absence of a tail, as the frogs and toads.
- n. frogs, toads, tree toads
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“a - L. manus ` hand 'amanous ` handless' an - enteron ` intestine 'anenterous ` without intestines' an - oura ` tail 'anura ` tailless' an - ōps ` eye 'anopsy ` eyeless”
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