toad·​stool | \ˈtōd-ˌstül \

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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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, "Screams. Tears. Meltdowns. New Picture Books Let Bad Behavior Fly, With Just a Bit of Advice," 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, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 The misinformation that sprouts like toadstools on its pages isn’t even the whole of the problem. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Facebook, the Company That Loves Misery," 11 Apr. 2018 The demand was so great that would-be Trump-whisperers were popping up in Washington like toadstools after a rainstorm. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, "How to Get Rich in Trump’s Washington," 30 Aug. 2017 His last name has been translated as toadstool, bitchy and pagan, but there is no denying the significance of the museum’s religious treasures. Joe Grimm, Detroit Free Press, "Travel: Exploring the historic walled cities of northwestern Russia," 15 July 2017

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First Known Use of toadstool

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toadstool

: a kind of fungus that is similar to a mushroom, that consists of a round cap on a short stem, and that is often poisonous


toad·​stool | \ˈtōd-ˌstül \

Kids Definition of toadstool

: a mushroom especially when poisonous or unfit for food


toad·​stool | \-ˌstül \

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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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