\ ˈtōd How to pronounce toad (audio) \

Definition of toad

1 : any of numerous anuran amphibians (especially family Bufonidae) that are distinguished from the related frogs by being more terrestrial in habit though returning to water to lay their eggs, by having a build that is squatter and shorter with weaker and shorter hind limbs, and by having skin that is rough, dry, and warty rather than smooth and moist
2 : a contemptible person or thing

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He's such a mean little toad. that miserable toad is lucky to have even a single friend
Recent Examples on the Web Frog eggs are in clusters, while toad eggs form long narrow strands. Washington Post, "Frogs and toads: What’s the difference?," 4 May 2021 Enter the substance 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, known popularly as 5-MeO-DMT or toad. David E. Carpenter, Forbes, "Researchers In Europe, U.S. Team Up To Produce First Ever 5-MeO-DMT Psychedelic Training Program," 19 Apr. 2021 Three green frogs and an American toad now call it home. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Spring popping up all over, right on time | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 17 Apr. 2021 The endangered black toad’s last stronghold is a wildly remote college campus in the Great Basin Desert near Yosemite National Park. Los Angeles Times, "My friend was killed riding a bike. He wanted cities built for people, not cars," 15 Apr. 2021 Rosie, of course, is surrounded by roses, but be on the lookout for catnip, large toad lilies and other new flora to match the animals and put them on a larger pedestal. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion updates reveal that a purr-fect idea never dies," 12 Apr. 2021 On top of its global work, the Houston Zoo spearheads local projects to save native Texas species from extinction, including the Houston toad and the Attwater's prairie chicken. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "9 of the Best Zoos in the U.S.," 8 Apr. 2021 Then, at a beach house, a nurse administered 5-MeO-DMT therapy using toad secretions, which are believed by its fans to ease depression, heal the scars of trauma, and cure addiction. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden says psychedelic toad venom kept him sober for a year," 6 Apr. 2021 Another piece of good news: Wisconsinites enthusiastically responded to a call for volunteers for this year's frog and toad survey. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: The sounds of Wisconsin’s frogs and toads in spring could become your favorite album, too," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of toad

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toad

Middle English tode, from Old English tāde, tādige

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The first known use of toad was before the 12th century

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10 May 2021

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“Toad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toad

: a small animal that looks like a frog but has dry skin and lives on land
informal : an unpleasant person


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Kids Definition of toad

: a tailless leaping animal that is an amphibian and differs from the related frog by having rough dry skin and by living mostly on land

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