Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See polliwog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A polliwig.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology A polliwog.
  • noun A sailor who has not yet crossed the equator.
  • noun New Zealand, slang, ethnic slur, offensive A person of Polynesian (usually Samoan) descent (Poly + wog).

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  • noun a larval frog or toad

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Examples

  • August 19th, 2009 4: 30 pm ET may God continue to bring you both even closer,,, ,love you both .. pollywog

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  • It's pollywog in a bog, swims under soggy logs, one day he'll be a real frog, pollywog in a bog.

    Barenaked Ladies: Same Quirk, Younger Crowd

  • One day, we both aimed for the same frog and pitched over into the pollywog egg soup that was the pond.

    Man Against Beast V: Scorpion Rising

  • At the bottom of the gorge, a small creek trickled down the middle of it, with pollywog-filled water that was mostly runoff from a man-sized pipe that burrowed under the highway at the top of the gorge -- another adventure waiting to happen.

    Cheryl Saban: Freshly Mown Grass -- The Legal Kind

  • It is said that those who fail to appear before Neptunus Rex are forever damned as pirates, and no shellback shall ever tread upon the deck of a pollywog without incurring the wrath of said monarch.

    Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

  • I gave him a drink of pollywog water, and as we talked, he kept patting my hand and calling me “Teacher Lady.”

    Half Broke Horses

  • I gave him a drink of pollywog water, and as we talked, he kept patting my hand and calling me “Teacher Lady.”

    Half Broke Horses

  • I gave him a drink of pollywog water, and as we talked, he kept patting my hand and calling me “Teacher Lady.”

    Half Broke Horses

  • "Well, " said Amanda, turning the loaded pages, -a pollywog is more than a monowog.

    Another Roadside Attraction

  • In this search for the ovum, the sperm propels itself forward by means of its tail -- for the male sperm in general appearance very much resembles the little pollywog of the rain barrel (Fig. 1).

    The Mother and Her Child

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  • Apparently in naval terminology this refers to a person who has never crossed the equator. :-)

    June 20, 2007