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n.1.(Zool.) A tadpole; - called also purwiggy and porwigle.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Jordan, of Stanford University, maintains with considerable heat that it was a species of gigantic Tadpole ( Thaddeus Polandensis ) or Polliwig -- Maria pseudo-hirsuta .