polliwig
Tadpole Tad"pole`, n. [OE. tadde toad (AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige) + poll; properly, a toad that is or seems all head. See {Toad}, and {Poll}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The young aquatic larva of any amphibian. In this stage it breathes by means of external or internal gills, is at first destitute of legs, and has a finlike tail. Called also {polliwig}, {polliwog}, {porwiggle}, or {purwiggy}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The hooded merganser. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Tadpole fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Forkbeard} (a) . [1913 Webster]


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  • Polliwig — Pol li*wig, Polliwog Pol li*wog, n. [OE. polwigle. Cf. {Poll} head, and {Wiggle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A tadpole; called also {purwiggy} and {porwigle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polliwig — noun Variant of polliwog …   Wiktionary

  • polliwig — n.; (also polliwog) Tadpole …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Polliwog — Polliwig Pol li*wig, Polliwog Pol li*wog, n. [OE. polwigle. Cf. {Poll} head, and {Wiggle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A tadpole; called also {purwiggy} and {porwigle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • porwigle — Polliwig Pol li*wig, Polliwog Pol li*wog, n. [OE. polwigle. Cf. {Poll} head, and {Wiggle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A tadpole; called also {purwiggy} and {porwigle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purwiggy — Polliwig Pol li*wig, Polliwog Pol li*wog, n. [OE. polwigle. Cf. {Poll} head, and {Wiggle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A tadpole; called also {purwiggy} and {porwigle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tadpole — A tadpole or polliwog (also pollywog, polliwig, [ [http://www.onelook.com/?other=web1913 w=Polliwig Polliwig in Webster s Unabridged Dictionary] ] , polewig, or polwig [http://machaut.uchicago.edu/cgi bin/WEBSTER.sh?WORD=polwig Polwig in Webster… …   Wikipedia

  • Gobius minutus — Polewig Pole wig, n. [Cf. {Polliwig}.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European spotted goby ({Gobius minutus}); called also {pollybait}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polewig — Pole wig, n. [Cf. {Polliwig}.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European spotted goby ({Gobius minutus}); called also {pollybait}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polliwog — Tadpole Tad pole , n. [OE. tadde toad (AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige) + poll; properly, a toad that is or seems all head. See {Toad}, and {Poll}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The young aquatic larva of any amphibian. In this stage it breathes by means of external or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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