pol·​ly·​wog ˈpä-lē-ˌwäg How to pronounce pollywog (audio)
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Examples of pollywog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the ceremony began with the shellbacks spraying each pollywog with high-pressure fire hoses before getting whipped with shillelaghs. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollywog was in 1838

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“Pollywog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollywog. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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