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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

POLLYWAG, n. A tadpole (Per., Fif., Ayr. 1966). Also in Eng. dial., and phs. a borrowing thence into Sc.Per. 1879 R. M. Fergusson Village Poet 179:
[He] frantic filled the dish, Wi' newts, an' frogs, an' pollywags.

[Mid.Eng. polwygle, id. Cf. Powheid.]

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"Pollywag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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