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Why is a frog in a brick called a frog?

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November 18, 2009 3:52AM

The reason for the recess in the surface of frogged bricks being called a frog is not known.

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One theory is that as the block used to press this indentation is also called a frog, possibly based on the appearance of this block especially if some clay adheres to it, and the name was transferred to the recess created in the brick by the frog.

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Another theory is that the similarity between the recess in a brick to the recess under a horse's hoof is the origin of the name "Frog".

The compacted mud that drops out of a horse's hoof can look like a crouching frog or toad.