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polliwig

polliwig


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tadpole  \Tad"pole`\,  n.  [OE.  tadde  toad  (AS.  t[=a]die, 
  t[=a]dige)  +  poll;  properly,  a  toad  that  is  or  seems  all 
  head.  See  {Toad},  and  {Poll}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  young  aquatic  larva  of  any  amphibian.  In 
  this  stage  it  breathes  by  means  of  external  or  internal 
  gills,  is  at  first  destitute  of  legs,  and  has  a  finlike 
  tail.  Called  also  {polliwig},  {polliwog},  {porwiggle},  or 
  {purwiggy}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  hooded  merganser.  [Local,  U.  S.] 
 
  {Tadpole  fish}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Forkbeard} 
  a  . 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Polliwig  \Pol"li*wig\,  Polliwog  \Pol"li*wog\,  n.  [OE.  polwigle. 
  Cf  {Poll}  head,  and  {Wiggle}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  tadpole;  --  called  also  {purwiggy}  and  {porwigle}.