Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tadpole.

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  • noun US (dialectal) (zoology) A tadpole.

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  • noun a larval frog or toad

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of polliwig, from Middle English polwigle : pol, head; see poll + wiglen, to wiggle; see wiggle.]

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From Old English polwigge; polwygle: poll + wiggle.

Examples

  • Great … … on February 4, 2009 at 1: 12 pm | Reply petoskystone here i was thinking that ‘gollywog’ was like ‘polliwog’. which lead to ‘frogs have no hair, so this makes no sense’. dang – i miss all the decent slurs! on February 4, 2009 at 1: 30 pm | Reply Stocking

    That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • It seems unlikely that Palin, Lazio and other opponents of the project are enraged at the specter of polliwog swim classes and family movie nights a few blocks from Ground Zero.

    Kelly Caldwell: Say Yes to a Mosque at Ground Zero

  • It seems unlikely that Palin, Lazio and other opponents of the project are enraged at the specter of polliwog swim classes and family movie nights a few blocks from Ground Zero.

    Kelly Caldwell: Say Yes to a Mosque at Ground Zero

  • All she could think now, though, was that the fabulous Mr. Frog was only a polliwog when it came to crazy rides.

    The Disunited States of America

  • In those early days, it had been only a faint polliwog of mist, moving slowly through the constellation of Eridanus, just south of the Equator.

    Of Time and Stars

  • In those early days, it had been only a faint polliwog of mist, moving slowly through the constellation of Eridanus, just south of the Equator.

    Tales of Ten Worlds

  • Of the latter truth we may judge from the fact that if one of those cells should be injured, only one-half a polliwog would result, -- either a head or a tail half.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • The humble polliwog in its development is significant of far more marvellous facts than the caterpillar changing into the butterfly, embodying as it does the deepest poetry and romance of evolution.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • Old forms of polliwog are _pollywig_, _polewiggle_, and _pollwiggle_.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • The tail of a polliwog seems a very useless appendage so far as the adult frog is concerned, yet if the polliwog's tail is cut off a perfect frog never develops.

    The Mind and Its Education

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