horned toad

noun
\ ˈhȯrnd- How to pronounce horned toad (audio) ; ˈhȯr-nəd-, -nət- \

Definition of horned toad

: any of several small harmless insectivorous lizards (genus Phrynosoma) of the western U.S. and Mexico that resemble toads and have hornlike spines

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Recent Examples on the Web Allison dissected frogs and horned toads and entered high school eager to learn more. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of horned toad

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Horned toad.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horned%20toad. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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horned toad

noun

Kids Definition of horned toad

: a small harmless lizard with a wide flattened body like a toad and hard pointed growths on the skin

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