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 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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  • polliwog — (n.) mid 15c., polwygle, probably from pol head (see POLL (Cf. poll)) + wiglen (see WIGGLE (Cf. wiggle)). Modern spelling is 1830s, replacing earlier polwigge …   Etymology dictionary

  • polliwog — [päl′ē wäg΄, päl′ēwôg΄] n. [ME polwygle, prob. < pol, POLL + wigelen, to WIGGLE] TADPOLE: also pollywog …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • polliwog — noun see pollywog …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polliwog — /pol ee wog /, n. a tadpole. Also, pollywog. [1400 50; var. of polliwig, earlier polwigge, late ME polwygle. See POLL1, WIGGLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • polliwog — noun (and dialectical) A tadpole …   Wiktionary

  • polliwog — Synonyms and related words: amphibian, batrachian, birdling, bullfrog, calf, catling, chick, chickling, chicky, colt, croaker, cub, dogie, duckling, fawn, fledgling, foal, frog, fryer, gosling, hoppytoad, hoptoad, kid, kit, kitten, lamb, lambkin …   Moby Thesaurus

  • polliwog — pol|li|wog [ pali,wag ] noun count AMERICAN a TADPOLE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polliwog — pÉ‘lɪwÉ‘g / pÉ’lɪwÉ’g n. tadpole, frog or toad in the larval stage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polliwog — (also pollywog) noun dialect & N. Amer. a tadpole. Origin ME (earlier as pollywiggle): from poll in the sense head + wiggle …   English new terms dictionary

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