frog

Ⅰ.
frog [1] NOUN 1) a tailless amphibian with a short squat body and very long hind legs for leaping. 2) (Frog) informal, derogatory a French person.
have a frog in one's throat — Cf. have a frog in one's throat
DERIVATIVES froggy adjective froglet noun.
ORIGIN Old English: sense 2 is partly from alliteration with French and partly from the reputation of the French for eating frogs' legs.
Ⅱ.
frog [2] NOUN 1) a thing used to hold or fasten something. 2) an ornamental coat fastener consisting of a spindle-shaped button and a loop.
ORIGIN perhaps a use of FROG(Cf. ↑froglet), influenced by Italian forchetta or French fourchette 'small fork' , because of the shape.
Ⅲ.
frog [3] NOUN an elastic horny pad in the sole of a horse's hoof.
ORIGIN perhaps from FROG(Cf. ↑froglet); perhaps also influenced by Italian forchetta or French fourchette (see FROG(Cf. ↑froglet)).

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