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Webster 1913 Edition


Toad

Toad

,
Noun.
[OE.
tode
,
tade
, AS.
tādie
,
tādige
; of unknown origin. Cf.
Tadpole
.]
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus
Bufo
and allied genera, especially those of the family
Bufonidae
. Toads are generally terrestrial in their habits except during the breeding season, when they seek the water. Most of the species burrow beneath the earth in the daytime and come forth to feed on insects at night. Most toads have a rough, warty skin in which are glands that secrete an acrid fluid.
☞ The common toad (
Bufo vulgaris
) and the natterjack are familiar European species. The common American toad (
Bufo lentiginosus
) is similar to the European toad, but is less warty and is more active, moving chiefly by leaping.
Obstetrical toad
.
(Zool.)
See under
Obstetrical
.
Surinam toad
.
(Zool.)
See
Pita
.
Toad lizard
(Zool.)
,
a horned toad.
Toad pipe
(Bot.)
,
a hollow-stemmed plant (
Equisetum limosum
) growing in muddy places.
Dr. Prior.
Toad rush
(Bot.)
,
a low-growing kind of rush (
Juncus bufonius
).
Toad snatcher
(Zool.)
,
the reed bunting.
[Prov. Eng.]
Toad spittle
.
(Zool.)
See
Cuckoo spit
, under
Cuckoo
.
Tree toad
.
(Zool.)
See under
Tree
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Toad

TOAD

,
Noun.
A paddoc, an animal of the genus Rana, the Rana Bufo of Linne; a small clumsy animal, the body warty, thick and disgusting to the sight, but perfectly harmless, and indeed it is said to be useful in gardens by feeding on noxious worms.

Definition 2021


toad

toad

See also: töad

English

Two common toads (Bufo bufo ssp. spinosus)

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toad (plural toads)

  1. An amphibian similar to a frog with shorter back legs and a drier, more ragged skin.
  2. A very unpleasant man.

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toad (third-person singular simple present toads, present participle toading, simple past and past participle toaded)

  1. (Internet, informal, transitive) To expel (a user) permanently from a MUD or similar system, so that their account is deleted.

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