| Can anyone give me the reason a 'frog' is called a frog?
| Thanks in advance,
"Frog" is probably a corruption of the word "froe" which means :a cutting tool with one end of its blade fastened at right angles to a short handle. Use: to split wood along the grain to make shingles or barrel staves". Could also originate in the Anglo-Saxon word meaning "from" as in "to remove shavings from".
If he's flying first class, he's usually called "Sir" or "Mr. Frog".
Leonard Bailey, the original inventor, never mentions the name "Frog"
in his patent in 1858. Later after Stanley bought him out, Traut
patented an improved lateral adjustment where he mentions the "frog",
but he gives no clue as to the origin of the term.
A horse's hoof has a wedge-shaped structure called a frog. Maybe it
was the similarity in shape?
Han (in Xns97A782682920ikkezelf@220.127.116.11) said:
|| hmmmm .. .. ..
|| WHY is a frog called a frog ?? ?? ??
| Actually the animal's name is kikker (dutch) or Rana (latin), or ...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
I think you have that a bit messed up and some of
the descriptions are bit unclear.
I believe a frog has nothing to do with a switch,
and rails don't really cross another. What the
rails do is form a cross, often sharply angled and
the piece of rail that is part of the intersection
is the frog. It could be that I am mistaken and
the pivot anchor for the swinging arm of a switch
is also called a frog, but I believe it is just a
part of the switch.
Suggest you buy a good dictionary.
The answer is there are all sorts of things call a
frog that look similar. Most are a lump of
something (like a frog squatting). The horses
foot part is a good answer but it also is just a
lump of something.
From webster's unabridged:
3 a (1) : a looped device attached to a belt for holding a weapon or tool
(2) : a front fastening for a garment (as a coat, jacket, dress) that is
made usually of braid in an ornamental looped design with a bar-shaped
button or thick knot on one edge of the opening to fit into a loop on the
other b : a device made of rail sections constructed and assembled to permit
the wheels on one rail of a track to cross another rail of an intersecting
track c : a shallow place for mortar in the upper face of a brick d : the
frame or block to which the share, moldboard, landside, or beam of a plow
are secured e : the nut of a violin bow : HEEL -- see BOW illustration f (1)
: the junction of two branches of a flume (2) : a guiding timber at the
mouth of a slide g : a device for supporting and mutually insulating trolley
wires that cross each other h : the seat for the plane iron in the stock of
a carpenter's plane i : a loom device that actuates a stop motion when the
shuttle is out of position
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