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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is typical of species that breed in short-lived pools, like the spadefoot toad.
▪ Western spadefoot toads burrow into the wash bottom, emerging to produce another batch of mosquito larvae-eating tadpoles during the summer rains.
▪ The spadefoot toad feeds on smaller prey such as grasshoppers, spiders and caterpillars.
▪ The spadefoot toad can manage the whole process, from egg to tadpole to toad, in as little as ten days.
▪ The tadpoles of some spadefoot toads are gregarious and form large moving shoals.
▪ As they obeyed, Mungo could see that the sorcerer's apprentice was a toad, puffed up with fear or pride.
▪ I abandoned the garden, which harboured the non-existent toad.
▪ The toads at the revival meeting.
▪ The sound was something like a pond full of croaking toads.
▪ When the toad is attacked, this chemical weapon oozes out as a thick, creamy liquid.
▪ When the bacteria reproduced, it reproduced the toad genes as well, creating a new type of bacteria.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Toad \Toad\, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. Tadpole.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus Bufo and allied genera, especially those of the family Bufonid[ae]. 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.

Note: 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. (Zo["o]l.) See under Obstetrical.

Surinam toad. (Zo["o]l.) See Pita.

Toad lizard (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), the reed bunting. [Prov. Eng.]

Toad spittle. (Zo["o]l.) See Cuckoo spit, under Cuckoo.

Tree toad. (Zo["o]l.) See under Tree.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from late Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and according to OED with no known cognates outside English. Applied to loathsome persons from 1560s. Toad-strangler "heavy rain" is from 1919, U.S. Southern dialectal.


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


n. any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species [syn: frog, toad frog, anuran, batrachian, salientian]


A toad is any of a number of species of amphibians in the order Anura (frogs) that are characterized by dry, leathery skin, short legs, and parotoid glands.

Toad (comics)

Toad (Mortimer Toynbee) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is most often depicted as an enemy of the X-Men, and was originally a weak, hunchbacked mutant, with a superhuman leaping ability. He was Magneto's sniveling servant in the 1960s line-up of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He eventually led his own version of the Brotherhood, which was more involved in petty crime than mutant liberation.

Ray Park played a significantly different version of Toad in 2000's X-Men film. He was cocky and sarcastic and his superhuman leaping ability, agility, toxic saliva, prehensile tongue and wall-scaling abilities made him a match for several X-Men. Aspects of this Toad have since been implemented into the comic book version. Subsequently, most versions of Toad written or drawn after 2000 resemble the Ray Park version more closely than the original Toad. A younger Toad appears in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Jonigkeit.

Toad (disambiguation)

A toad is any of a number of species within the amphibian order Anura.

Toad may also refer to:

Toad (software)

Toad is application software from Dell Software that database developers, database administrators and data analysts use to manage both relational and non-relational databases using SQL.

Toad (instrumental)

"Toad" is an instrumental by British rock band Cream and was released on their 1966 debut album, Fresh Cream. Composed by drummer Ginger Baker, the song is a five-minute drum solo (with a brief guitar and bass introduction and ending), and is notable because it features one of the earliest recorded drum solos in rock history. It can also be seen as an early example of hard rock.

Toad (album)

Toad is the eponymous debut album by the Swiss rock band of the same name. It was engineered by legendary British producer Martin Birch. After the recording finished, singer Benjamin Jaeger left the group and was not replaced.

Toad (band)

Toad were a Swiss hard rock band, formed by ex- Brainticket members in Basel, Switzerland during 1970. Their best known songs were covers of Jimi Hendrix's " Purple Haze" and The Beatles' " I Saw Her Standing There", along with originals "Usin' My Life" and "Stay!". Their first two albums were engineered by Martin Birch.

Though the band was not commercially successful outside of their own country, they were a popular live act because of their furiosity, musicianship and stage antics. Most notably when lead guitarist Vic Vergeat played the guitar with his teeth. Their concerts were often compared to those of Jimi Hendrix.

The band went through lineup changes during its history, but the longest lasting and most consistent lineup was Vic Vergeat: lead guitar and vocals, Werner Fröhlich: bass and vocals and Cosimo Lampis: drums.

Toad (Nintendo)

Toad, known in Japan as , is a fictional character who primarily appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise. Created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, he is portrayed as a citizen of the Mushroom Kingdom and is one of Princess Peach's most loyal attendants; constantly working on her behalf. He is usually seen as a non-player character (NPC) who provides assistance to Mario and his friends in most games, but there are times when Toad takes center stage and appears as the protagonist, as seen in Super Mario Bros. 2, Wario's Woods, Super Mario 3D World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

While Toad is the name of an individual, it also refers to an entire species (much like Yoshi and Birdo). However, in Japan, the species name is sometimes called , literally "Mushroom People" (which is an alternate name for used in earlier localizations, along with "Mushroom Retainers"). In other words, Toad (Kinopio) is a member of the Toads (Kinopios / Mushroom People). In Mario franchise, there are also some other individual toad characters (e.g., Toadette, Toadsworth, Toadbert). The common point of most toads is their traditionally large mushroom cap and vest.

The Toads usually play assisting roles in the Mario franchise and its action games, such as Toadsworth introduced in Super Mario Sunshine and the Toad Brigade association in Super Mario Galaxy. Despite this, Toads also play the role as heroes in some games. Such a case included the two Toads (yellow and blue) who were featured as playable characters along with Mario and Luigi in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The two Toads (yellow and blue) return as playable characters later on in New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Luigi U. Toad himself (in a blue palette in reference to his original sprite from Super Mario Bros. 2) returns as one of the playable characters in Super Mario 3D World.

The Wii U title Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker cast Captain Toad into the spotlight; thus, marking it as the first game in 20 years since Wario's Woods to have a Toad as the main star as well as the very first official Nintendo title overall to have Toad as the titular character.

Usage examples of "toad".

Ayla missed the chorus of marsh frogs, though the flutey trill of variegated toads was still a refrain in the aleatoric medley of night music.

Pawnbroker Fang, who will sell the root to somebody like the Ancestress, who will squat like a huge venomous toad upon a folk deity whose sole purpose in life is to aid the pure in heart.

Some areolar tissue free from elastic tissue was next procured from the visceral cavity of a toad, and moderately sized, as well as very small, bits were placed on five leaves.

The moment a man answered her right back instead of getting his dander up, why, she flashed a smile fit to charm the warts off a toad.

No---if that had happened, Trent would have turned Fanchon into a toad and stepped on her---and he would not have bothered to keep Bink prisoner.

Steroids similar to those in the cardiac glycosides are found in the secretions of the salivary glands of toads, and these are called toad poisons.

An eyeless white toad burped greasily at him from the top of a deformed skull.

Certain fish and toads that live in desert regions hibernate for long years, until the erratic rainfall returns and summons them back to life.

There was something about his manner, the movement of his eyes, the quality of his smile, that reminded her of the toads that hid in the mud during the rainy season, only their eyes showing as they lurked for bugs.

Once the grinning idol of Hoom, devil god of the Chac Yuul, had leered down upon the splendid hall, squatting like a huge, obscene toad atop the dais of many steps.

And he has the same capacity for constant incredible sweating that always made Marlon Bain look to Hal, both on-court and off-, like a toad hunched moist and unblinking in humid shade.

Nature herself probably was dreaming of that first maternity when she evolved the Surinam toad of the isthmian countries to the south of here, that fantastic toad which bears its babes through the skin of its back.

When Cullen wrote his Materia Medica, he had seriously to assail the practice of giving burnt toad, which was still countenanced by at least one medical authority of note.

In Natterjack toads, for example, males produce booming calls to attract females.

Then he kicked himself to a sitting position, squatted there like a toad and looked steadily at Tressa Norne out of small red-rimmed eyes.