American toad

noun

: a large common toad (Bufo americanus) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that has brown to reddish-brown skin with areas of olive or gray, dark spots each containing one or two warts, and often a light strip down the middle of the back
The American toad breeds in March and April. Its song is a long, pleasant musical trill.John Manuel, Aububon, July–August 1998

Note: There are two subspecies of American toad, the Eastern American toad (Bufo americanus americanus) and the dwarf American toad (B. a. charlesmithi).

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American toad was in 1842

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“American toad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20toad. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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