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toad / tōd/ •
n. 1. a tailless amphibian (Bufonidae and other families, order Anura) with a short stout body and short legs, typically having dry warty skin that can exude poison. 2. a contemptible or detestable person (used as a general term of abuse): you're an arrogant little toad.DERIVATIVES: toad·ish adj.
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Any of numerous species of tailless amphibians found throughout the world, except Australasia
. Most are short and rotund, and move with a crawling or hopping gait. Toads are differentiated from frogs
by having a rougher, bumpier skin and a rounder body with shorter legs. Length: 2–25cm (1–10in). Order Anura; family Bufonidae. See also tadpole
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traditionally taken as the type of something unpleasant (and formerly believed to be venomous).
In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
(1908), the wealthy, boastful, spoiled, but ultimately good-hearted Toad needs to be rescued and redeemed from his self-indulgent ways by Ratty, Mole, and Badger.
See also toady
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, (in place-names), shortening of tādi(ġ)e
, early ME. also tadde
(XII); of unkn. orig. Comp. toadstool
XV (tode stole
; earlier tad(e) stole