pollywog

[ pol-ee-wog ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌwɒg /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. pollution,
  2. pollux,
  3. polly,
  4. pollyanna,
  5. pollyfish,
  6. polo,
  7. polo coat,
  8. polo pony,
  9. polo shirt,
  10. polo, marco

polliwog

or pol·ly·wog

[ pol-ee-wog ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌwɒg /

noun

a tadpole.

Origin of polliwog

1400–50; variant of polliwig, earlier polwigge, late Middle English polwygle. See poll1, wiggle

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British Dictionary definitions for pollywog

polliwog

pollywog

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌwɒɡ) /

noun

British dialect, US and Canadian another name for tadpole
informal a sailor who has not crossed the equatorCompare shellback

Word Origin for polliwog

C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle

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Word Origin and History for pollywog

polliwog

n.

"tadpole," mid-15c., polwygle, probably from pol "head" (see poll (n.)) + wiglen "to wiggle" (see wiggle (v.)). Modern spelling is 1830s, replacing earlier polwigge.

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