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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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Maria Christina Roxas, public affairs officer of the Naval Task Force 91 (NTF 91), said pollywogs are considered as sailors who have not yet crossed the equator.
In fact, atrazine-exposed pollywogs proved only about half as likely to metamorphose as those raised in clean water.
These included foamy clusters of semitransparent frog's eggs or, if we were lucky, pollywogs already hatched from those eggs, minnows or water spiders shooting across the pond's top.
32 What is the commoner British name for the immature creatures also known as pollywogs?
In the process of undergoing this ancient maritime ritual, we were all transformed from lowly Pollywogs into seagoing Shellbacks.
Not wanting to decimate the school of adolescent amphibians, we backed away and discovered an even larger pod Of pollywogs in a nearby water-filled ditch.
So much critical attention has surrounded John Augustus Stone's 1829 melodrama, Metamora; or, the Last of the Wampanoags, that its stepsister, John Brougham's 1847 burlesque, Metamora; or, the Last of the Pollywogs, almost has been forgotten.
I would get my boys out of the classroom, and we'd be in a field all day long chasing tadpoles and pollywogs and looking at swamp water.
The two groups of participants in the ceremony are the "shellbacks," who have been initiated into the Great Fraternal Order of the Raging Main, and the "pollywogs," who are uninitiated.
In this sense, Son may be taken as an earlier, more radical deconstruction of the sentimental Indian as seen in such nineteenth-century works as John Brougham's burlesque Metamora; or, The Last of the Pollywogs (1847), a parody of John Augustus Stone's Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags; Herman Melville's "The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating" in The Confidence-Man (1857); and Mark Twain's "The Noble Red Man" (1870) and Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians (unfinished).
Deer-hair Pollywogs (see page74) provide heart-thumping visuals.
He sets sail, but only finds crayfish, dragonflies, pollywogs, turtles, and even a loon.