Definition of polliwog in English:

polliwog

(also pollywog)

noun

North american
dialect
  • A tadpole.

    • ‘Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American school children planted and tended gardens, watched polliwogs develop into frogs, tamed and bred animals, and learned to identify trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Douglas Florian's lizards, frogs, and polliwogs pairs primal yet sophisticated watercolors with clever poems that subtly instruct on the nature of amphibians.’
    • ‘Visitors are especially intrigued by the large frog pond, complete with real frogs, pollywogs, bog plants, bulrushes, pickerel and water lilies, adjacent to the winery tasting room and cellars.’
    • ‘But pollywogs must grow legs, lose a tail, and completely reconfigure their jaws and digestive tract to prepare for a life of eating flies.’

Origin

Late Middle English (earlier as pollywiggle): from poll in the sense head + the verb wiggle.

Pronunciation:

polliwog

/ˈpälēˌwôɡ/