toadstool

noun
toad·​stool | \ ˈtōd-ˌstül How to pronounce toadstool (audio) \

Definition of toadstool

: a fungus having an umbrella-shaped pileus : mushroom especially : a poisonous or inedible one as distinguished from an edible mushroom

Examples of toadstool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are hands-on activity stations for kids and outdoor activities like hopscotch courts, a water feature, a dragonfly bench and toadstool hideaway in Exploratory Park, on the south side of Main Street across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 Benches are adorned with red stripes and giant polka dots, at once both nautical and fairy toadstool-esque. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 29 June 2021 The women live in cottages, each more preposterously shaped than its neighbor: a lighthouse, a circus tent, a toadstool, a cuckoo clock. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020 Other notable new species on the list include a species of toadstool discovered at London’s Heathrow airport and a strange, scaly-looking shrub that inhabits blazing hot salt pans in Namibia, reports Damian Carrington for the Guardian. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2020 While speaking to Entertainment Weekly on Nov. 10 about the Fox show, the lead Pussycat Dolls singer shared her thoughts on season 4 (which was taped earlier this fall) and the secret celebrity underneath the toadstool costume. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2020 Four pieces include multiple lamps clumped together at the base like low-slung toadstools; another comprises stackable parts, each ringed with its own set of French accordion shades. Lizzie Feidelson, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 My 2-year-old, Winter’s, worst conduct thus far has been mistaking Avalon, her 1-year-old sister, for a toadstool. Marisha Pessl, New York Times, 6 June 2018 During the day, the costumed ensemble hangs around an assortment of toadstool houses in the performance area—a nightmarish fusion of Gaudi and Disney—where visitors snap crouching selfies. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, 1 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of toadstool

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2022

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“Toadstool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toadstool. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for toadstool

toadstool

noun
toad·​stool | \ ˈtōd-ˌstül How to pronounce toadstool (audio) \

Kids Definition of toadstool

: a mushroom especially when poisonous or unfit for food

toadstool

noun
toad·​stool | \ -ˌstül How to pronounce toadstool (audio) \

Medical Definition of toadstool

: a fungus having an umbrella-shaped pileus : mushroom especially : a poisonous or inedible one as distinguished from an edible mushroom

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