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polliwog

or pollywog

[pol-ee-wog] /ˈpɒl iˌwɒg/
noun
1.
a tadpole.
Origin of polliwog
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; variant of polliwig, earlier polwigge, late Middle English polwygle. See poll1, wiggle
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  • The chatter of society has succeeded that of the goose and the polliwog.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • Old forms of polliwog are pollywig, polewiggle, and 242 pollwiggle.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • The result was one of those quick India-rubber scuffles fearful to behold but delightful to human nature in its polliwog state.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • The result was one of those quick india-rubber scuffles fearful to behold, but delightful to human nature in its polliwog state.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for polliwog

polliwog

/ˈpɒlɪˌwɒɡ/
noun
1.
(Brit, dialect, US & Canadian) another name for tadpole
2.
(informal) a sailor who has not crossed the equator Compare shellback
Word Origin
C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle
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Word Origin and History for 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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