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Webster 1913 Edition


Frog

Frog

(frŏg)
,
Noun.
[AS.
froggu
,
frocga
a frog (in sensel); akin to D.
vorsch
, OHG.
frosk
, G.
frosch
, Icel.
froskr
,
fraukr
, Sw. & Dan.
frö
.]
1.
(Zool.)
An amphibious animal of the genus
Rana
and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim rapidly, and take long leaps on land. Many of the species utter loud notes in the springtime.
☞ The edible frog of Europe (
Rana esculenta
) is extensively used as food; the American bullfrog (
R. Catesbiana
) is remarkable for its great size and loud voice.
2.
[Perh. akin to E.
fork
, cf.
frush
frog of a horse.]
(Anat.)
The triangular prominence of the hoof, in the middle of the sole of the foot of the horse, and other animals; the fourchette.
3.
(Railroads)
A supporting plate having raised ribs that form continuations of the rails, to guide the wheels where one track branches from another or crosses it.
4.
[Cf.
fraco
of wool or silk, L.
floccus
, E.
frock
.]
An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole.
5.
The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword.
Cross frog
(Railroads)
,
a frog adapted for tracks that cross at right angles.
Frog cheese
,
a popular name for a large puffball.
Frog eater
,
one who eats frogs; – a term of contempt applied to a Frenchman by the vulgar class of English.
Frog fly
.
(Zool.)
See
Frog
hopper.
Frog hopper
(Zool.)
,
a small, leaping, hemipterous insect living on plants. The larvæ are inclosed in a frothy liquid called
cuckoo spit
or
frog spit
.
Frog lily
(Bot.)
,
the yellow water lily (
Nuphar
).
Frog spit
(Zool.)
,
the frothy exudation of the
frog hopper
; – called also
frog spittle
. See
Cuckoo spit
, under
Cuckoo
.

Frog

,
Verb.
T.
To ornament or fasten (a coat, etc.) with trogs. See
Frog
,
Noun.
, 4.

Webster 1828 Edition


Frog

FROG

,
Noun.
[L. rana, from the root of rend, from its broken shape, or from leaping, or its fragor or hoarse voice.]
1.
An amphibious animal of the genus Rana, with four feet, a naked body, and without a tail. It is remarkable for swimming with rapidity, and for taking large leaps on land. Frogs lie torpid during winter.
2.
In farriery. [See Frush.]

Definition 2021


Frog

Frog

See also: frog and frög

English

Noun

Frog (plural Frogs)

  1. (derogatory) Alternative form of frog

frog

frog

See also: Frog and frög

English

A frog (amphibian).

Noun

The frog of a violin bow is labeled in this diagram.

frog (plural frogs)

  1. A small tailless amphibian of the order Anura that typically hops.
  2. The part of a violin bow (or that of other similar string instruments such as the viola, cello and contrabass) located at the end held by the player, to which the horsehair is attached.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad.
  4. The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick.
  5. An organ on the bottom of a horse’s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood.
  6. The part of a railway switch or turnout where the running-rails cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse’s hoof).
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
References
  1. J.P. Mallory & D.Q. Adams, eds, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, s.v. "Jump" (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997), 323.
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Verb

frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. To hunt or trap frogs.
  2. (transitive, biology) To use a pronged plater to transfer (cells) to another plate.
Derived terms
  • frog stitch

Etymology 2

From frog legs, stereotypical food of the French. Compare rosbif (English person), from roast beef, corresponding French term for English, likewise based on stereotypical food.

Noun

frog (plural frogs)

  1. (offensive) A French person.
  2. (Canada, offensive) A French-speaking person from Quebec.
Antonyms
  • (French person): rosbif (of an English, by French)
See also

References

  • frog in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Etymology 3

A frog (toggle)

Unknown. Possibly from Portuguese froco (flock), from Latin floccus (flock).

Noun

frog (plural frogs)

  1. A leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword or bayonet, or its scabbard, to a waist or shoulder belt.
  2. An ornate fastener for clothing consisting of an oblong button (covered with netted thread), toggle, or knot, that fits through a loop.
    • 1844, Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo:
      The visitor was about fifty-two years of age, dressed in one of the green surtouts, ornamented with black frogs, which have so long maintained their popularity all over Europe.
Translations

Verb

frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with frogs.

Etymology 4

Supposedly from ribbit (sound made by a frog) sounding similar to "rip it".

Verb

frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. (transitive) To unravel (a knitted garment).
References

frog” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).


Irish

Etymology

From English frog.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fˠɾˠɔɡ]

Noun

frog m (genitive singular froig, nominative plural froganna)

  1. frog (amphibian)

Declension

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
frog fhrog bhfrog
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Volapük

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fɾoɡ]

Noun

frog (plural frogs)

  1. frog (amphibian)

Declension

Derived terms

  • bimafrog
  • braunafrog
  • frogahilarvat
  • frogajilarvat
  • frogaküid
  • frogalarvat
  • frogav
  • frogavan
  • frogik
  • frogil
  • frogül
  • frogülil
  • grünafrog
  • hifrog
  • hifrogül
  • jifrog
  • jifrogül

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