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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Definitions for polliwog

  1. a tadpole.

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Citations for polliwog
“Why, less than nothing, my furry polliwog!” chugged the frog, amused. Tad Williams, Tailchaser's Song, 2000
She had begun life as a polliwog in the womb. She remembered the lesson in school again before she had quit. Diane Glancy, Trigger Dance, 1990
Origin of polliwog
late Middle English
1400-1450
Polliwog was originally a combination of the words poll and wiggle. The word poll referred to a head. With the association of the verb wiggle, the portmanteau closely describes the shape and behavior of a polliwog.
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