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What does the word "Frog" really mean?


frog (frôg, frg)
n.

  1. Any of numerous tailless, aquatic, semiaquatic, or terrestrial amphibians of the order Anura and especially of the family Ranidae, characteristically having a smooth, moist skin, webbed feet, and long hind legs adapted for leaping.

  2. A wedge-shaped, horny prominence in the sole of a horse's hoof.

  3. A loop fastened to a belt to hold a tool or weapon.

  4. An ornamental looped braid or cord with a button or knot for fastening the front of a garment.

  5. A device on intersecting railroad tracks that permits wheels to cross the junction.

  6. A spiked or perforated device used to support stems in a flower arrangement.

  7. Informal. Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat.

  8. Offensive. Slang Used as a disparaging term for a French person.

[Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language



frog \Frog\ (fr[o^]g), n. [AS. froggu, frocga a frog (in sensel); akin to D. vorsch, OHG. frosk, G. frosch, Icel. froskr, fraukr, Sw. & Dan. fr["o].] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary



frog (Heb. tsepharde'a, meaning a "marsh-leaper"). This reptile is mentioned in the Old Testament only in connection with one of the plagues which fell on the land of Egypt (Ex. 8:2-14; Ps. 78:45; 105:30). In the New Testament this word occurs only in Rev. 16:13, where it is referred to as a symbol of uncleanness. The only species of frog existing in Palestine is the green frog (Rana esculenta), the well-known edible frog of the Continent.

Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary



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