polliwog

polliwog

[pol-ee-wog]
noun
a tadpole.
Also, pollywog.


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

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polliwog or pollywog (ˈpɒlɪˌwɒɡ)
 
n
1.  dialect (Brit), (US), (Canadian) another name for tadpole
2.  informal Compare shellback a sailor who has not crossed the equator
 
[C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle]
 
pollywog or pollywog
 
n
 
[C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle]

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polliwog
c.1440, polwygle, probably from pol "head" (see poll) + wiglen (see wiggle). Modern spelling is 1830s, replacing earlier polwigge.
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