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pollywog

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noun pol·ly·wog \ˈpä-lē-ˌwäg, -ˌwȯg\

Definition of pollywog

  1. :  tadpole



Variants of pollywog

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polliwog

Origin and Etymology of pollywog

alteration of Middle English polwygle, probably from pol poll + wiglen to wiggle


First Known Use: 1838


POLLYWOG Defined for Kids

pollywog

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noun pol·ly·wog \ˈpä-lē-ˌwäg\

Definition of pollywog for Students

  1. :  tadpole



Variants of pollywog

or

polliwog

\ˈpä-lē-ˌwäg\

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