toad

Definitions

  • The Pigeon Toad
    The Pigeon Toad
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toad any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dissection of the Garden Toad Dissection of the Garden Toad
Skeleton of the garden toad Skeleton of the garden toad
Toad and baby Toad and baby

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen
    • n Toad (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus Bufo and allied genera, especially those of the family Bufonidæ. 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Unlike a frog a toad cannot jump
    • n toad A batrachian or amphibian of the family Bufonidæ or some related family. Toads are generally distinguished among the salient tailless batrachians from the frogs, in that they are not aquatic (except when breeding), and lack the symmetry and agility of frogs; but the strong technical differences between the bufoniform and raniform amphibians are not always reflected in the various applications of these popular names. (Compare the common use of frog and toad in tree-frog, tree-toad, and in nurse-frog and obstetrical toad.) Toads have a stout clumsy body more or less covered with warts, generally large parotoids (see cut under parotoid), no teeth, the hind feet scarcely or not webbed, and the hind limbs not fitted for extensive leaping. They are perfectly harmless, notwithstanding many popular superstitions to the contrary. They feed mainly on insects, and some are quite useful in gardens. They are tenacious of life, like most reptiles, but there is no truth in the stories of their living in solid rock. The fable of the jewel in the toad's head may have some basis of fact in the piece of glistening cartilage which represents an unossified basioccipital. There are numerous kinds of toads, found in nearly all parts of the world. They are mostly of the genus Bufo, as well as of the family Bufonidæ, though several other families include species to which the popular name applies. In Europe the common toad is B. vulgaris; the rush-toad or natterjack is B. calamita. The commonest, toad of America is B. lentiginosus, which sports in many color-variations. See phrases below, and cuts under tadpole, Brachycephalus, Hylaplesia, and agua-toad.
    • n toad Figuratively, a person as an object of disgust or aversion: also used in deprecating or half-affectionate raillery. Compare toadling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas horned toads can shoot blood out of the corners or their eyes.
    • n Toad tōd a genus of amphibians, typical of the family Bufonidæ, represented in Britain by two species—the Common Toad and the Natterjack
    • adj Toad sycophantic
    • v.t Toad to fawn as a sycophant:—pa.t. and pa.p. toad′ied
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapor of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses.”
  • Philip Larkin
    Philip Larkin
    “Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life? Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork and drive the brute off?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tode, tade, AS. tādie, tādige,; of unknown origin. Cf. Tadpole

Usage

In literature:

She said she can stand most things, but that toads are beyond bearing.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
They're sore as a toad at me, an' I expect that goes for any other Ranger too.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
The otter spared the toad's life in recognition of its services in preserving the fire.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
MOUNTING REPTILES, FROGS AND TOADS.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
We have said that Peter's orbs were like those of the toad.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It was eight o'clock before Toad opened one eye.
"Christmas Holidays at Merryvale" by Alice Hale Burnett
When this ceremony was concluded, they were all amused by a dance of toads.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
At Grammendorf, in Pomerania, a maid saw, every time she went to milk the cows, a hateful toad hopping about in the stable.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
She had found the toad in the street, and picked it up to frighten little Prudy.
"Little Prudy" by Sophie May
The buzzard waited and waited for the toad to get ready but he did not hear a word from the toad.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
One toad stands in the center holding a rope, at the end of which is tied a bean bag.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
That was so much nicer a name than toad ointment.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Very likely the toad would know; he was so old, and knew almost everything.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Here, under the muddy banks, lived the old toad with her son.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
One day she went far into the woods and caught a toad.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Instead snakes and toads sprang forth, and all sorts of filth that covered her up to her knees and bespattered her clothing.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Direct the pupils to watch for toads under the street lamps and on the lawns in the evenings, and to observe what they are doing.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Which like the toad, ougly and venemous, Weares yet a precious Iewell in his head.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
You dassent catch toads unless with a string.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
It was a toad, and he knew that toads eat spiders.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
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In poetry:

When the lights come on at four
At the end of another year?
Give me your arm, old toad;
Help me down Cemetery Road.
"Toads Revisited" by Philip Larkin
Tempt no gentle night-rambles
Under the moon's cold twilight!
Loathsome toads hold their meetings
Yonder at every crossway.
"To My Friend - Ode II" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Her foot it slipp'd, and she stood aghast,
She trod on a bloated toad;
Yet, still upheld by the secret charm,
She kept upon her road.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
But all this worship, what is it to me?
I smite the ox and crush the toad in death:
I only know I am so very fair,
And that the world was made to give me breath.
"Beauty Accurst" by Richard Le Gallienne
FIRST PROPHET.
O Babylon, how art thou fallen!
Thy fall more dreadful from delay!
Thy streets forlorn To wilds shall turn,
Where toads shall pant, and vultures prey.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
My sister a bruised infant's utterance had;
And issuing stronger, to mankind 'twas mad.
I knew my home where I had choice to feel
The toad beneath a harrow or a heel.
"Foresight And Patience" by George Meredith

In news:

Toad and Salmon's 8th Annual Chili Bowl Contest.
Montana native Jerry McGarity and fellow actor Jim Lortz star in The Neighborhood Playhouse's production of "A Year with Frog and Toad".
Editor's note: This version corrects the date that the toads were released.
The Kihansi spray toad, a native of Tanzania.
The Woodshed backs 'Girl Walks Home Alone,' 'Toad Road'.
"But I like to think of it as the Brent and Joel story," says Brent Moser, one of the title characters in StageWorks Fresno's new production of "A Year With Frog and Toad.
Centenary Stage presents 'A Year with Frog and Toad' on Nov 17.
"A Year with Frog and Toad" to open at Bishop Center.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater's young-audience series presents 'Year With Frog and Toad'.
With music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale, "A Year with Frog and Toad" is based on the books by Arnold Lobel.
I left Toad's feeling unwanted, unattractive and creepy.
Movies Tags: frog and toad .
Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Toad Road brings you brands that are typically reserved for our big city friends in LA and NYC.
The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze.
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In science:

Cobas, A., and Arbib, M., 1992, Prey-Catching and Predator-Avoidance in Frog and Toad: Defining the Schemas. J.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
For instance, the toad configuration2—an oscillator in Life—is also an oscillator in our model.
Emergence from Symmetry: A New Type of Cellular Automata
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