(Ṣ, O, Mṣb, Ḳ) and ضَفْدَعٌ and ضُفْدَعٌ (Ḳ) and ضِفْدَعٌ, (Ṣ, O, Mṣb, Ḳ,) this last said by some, (Ṣ, O, Mṣb,) but most rare, or rejected, (Ḳ,) disallowed by Kh and a number of others, (Mṣb,) [for] accord. to Kh [and others] there are only four words of the measure فِعْلَلٌ in the language, which are دِرْهَمٌ and هِجْرَعٌ and هِبْلَعٌ and the proper name قِلْعَمٌ, (Ṣ, O,) [The frog; and app. also the water-toad;] a certain reptile (دَابَّة) of the rivers, (Ḳ, TA,) generated in the river, (TA,) the flesh of which, cooked with oliveoil, is [said to be] an antidote to the poison of venomous creatures, (Ḳ, TA,) when put upon the place of the sting, or bite: (TA:) and [a certain reptile] of the land, (Ḳ, TA,) [app. the landtoad,] that lives, or grows, in caverns and caves, (TA,) the fat of which is [said to be] wonderful for the extraction of teeth (Ḳ, TA) without fatigue, and of the skin of which, tanned, the skull-cap that renders invisible (طَاقِيَّةُ الإِخْفَآءِ [a vulgar term]) is made, as is said by the performers of legerdemain; and the flesh of this species is said to be poisonous: (TA;) the fem., (Ṣ, O, Mṣb,) or the n. un., (Ḳ,) is with ة: and the pl. is ضَفَادِعُ (Ṣ, O, Mṣb, Ḳ) [and ضَفَادٍ; in the Mṣb and Ḳ, ضَفَادِى; in the O, correctly, الضَّفَادِى is said to be a var. of الضَّفَادِعُ, like الثَّعَالِى and الأَرَانِى of الثَّعَالِبُ and الأَرَانِبُ].
نَقَّتْ ضَفَادِعُ بَطْنِهِ [lit. The frogs of his belly croaked] means (assumed tropical:) he was, or became, hungry; (O, Ḳ;) like نَقَّتْ عَصَافِيرُ بَطْنِهِ. (O.)
الضِّفْدِعُ الأَوَّلُ is a name of (assumed tropical:) The bright star [
α] on the mouth of Piscis Australis; (Ḳzw, Descr. of Aquarius;) also called فَمُ الحُوتِ: (Idem, Descr. of Piscis Australis:) and الضِّفْدِعُ الثَّانِى is the name of (assumed tropical:) The star on the southern fork of the tail of Cetus. (Idem.)
And الضِّفْدِعُ, (O, Ḳ,) thus only, (TA,) (assumed tropical:) A certain bone [or horny substance, which we, in like manner, call “ the frog, ”] in the interior of the horse's hoof, (O, Ḳ,) in the sole thereof. (O.) [See also نَسْرٌ.]