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polliwog:

see tadpoletadpole,
larval, aquatic stage of any of the amphibian animals. After hatching from the egg, the tadpole, sometimes called a polliwog, is gill-breathing and legless and propels itself by means of a tail.
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The polliwogs have vanished, but Catherine only leans over farther, beckoning them with promises of a nice home.
islands, / like frogs' eggs turning into polliwogs of islands,
She and her best friend Silvia run "off to climb trees or dam the creek or play with kittens or catch polliwogs and roam the woods and hills, as free as sparrows" (14).
MacNaughton, "Promoting Clean Water in Nineteenth-Century Public Policy: Professors, Preachers, and Polliwogs in Kingston, Ontario," Histoire Sociale/Social History 32 (1999): 49-61.
These two books are both about frogs and polliwogs.
They watched their happy little polliwogs swim and dart through the water.
Or these forms may be elementally allied to earth in a great variety of ways and with varying degrees of solidity or hardness: examples are berries, breasts (wh ich may be "rocky"), bread crumbs, seeds, sand grains (varied as diamonds), islands, helmets, armored cars, multiple rings of wire or string wrapped around a neck or head, the rounded forms of dead birds and polliwogs.
Though this took care of his immediate problem, he discovered while floundering around in the water that it was teeming with polliwogs.
nightmares of other islands stretching away from mine, infinities of islands, islands spawning islands, like frogs' eggs turning into polliwogs of islands.
Anthony dollar possibly sustain a conspiracy to suppress evidence of an invasion by saucer-borne polliwogs who have been sucking our sperm and snatching our eggs ever since the Pyramids?
Instead of reading about pond life, we created a pond on campus, where students could see polliwogs turn into frogs.