polliwog


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pol·li·wog

also pol·ly·wog  (pŏl′ē-wŏg′, -wôg′)
n.

[Variant of polliwig, from Middle English polwigle : pol, head; see poll + wiglen, to wiggle; see wiggle.]

polliwog

(ˈpɒlɪˌwɒɡ) or

pollywog

n
1. (Animals) dialect Brit and US and Canadian another name for tadpole
2. (Nautical Terms) informal a sailor who has not crossed the equator. Compare shellback
[C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polliwog - a larval frog or toadpolliwog - a larval frog or toad    
amphibia, class Amphibia - the class of vertebrates that live on land but breed in water; frogs; toads; newts; salamanders; caecilians
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
Translations

polliwog

[ˈpɒlɪwɒg] N (US) (Zool) → renacuajo m

polliwog

n (US) → Kaulquappe f
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, I cannot help thinking that if we would put an improved breed of polliwogs in our drinking water, construct shallower roadways, groom the street cows, offer the stranger within our gates a free choice between the poniard and the potion, and relinquish our private system of morals, the other measures of public safety would be needless."
Manhattan Beach concerts are a free, longstanding tradition in the South Bay and take place every Sunday during the summer at Polliwog Park from 5 to 7 p.m.
Do you think the polliwog gives a damn about James Madison, Breck?
QUESTION 1 - for 1 point: Which of these creatures is sometimes called a polliwog? A A tadpole B A slow-worm C Amole D A parakeet QUESTION 2 - for 2 points: At which UK military base did choirmaster Gareth Malone form the first Military Wives choir?
Abacan, with the help of some child volunteers, read Heidi Eusebio Abad's "Polliwog's Wiggle," a story about a tadpole who grew up with a school of fish.
Francona didn't actually believe that stuff; he just understood that if he came out and said that Beckett had turned into an overstuffed polliwog, had lost his desire to pitch, or had a sore shoulder, he'd never hear the end of it.
Young children love to play with sounds and rhyming words and this book offers just such opportunities as it works through a number rhyme as each polliwog turns into a frog.
Or was it a polliwog? A backyard that offers more than simply a swing set can make those outdoor adventures theirs too.
But Jolly harbors a secret of her own: she is a polliwog or wave walker.
It was only then, nearly hall a century after what people in his district have called "the Polliwog Caper," that the Congressman's long-held secret came out.
Buster was a polliwog who lived in a pond with many other polliwogs.