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 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, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 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, "Behold the World’s Ugliest Orchid, According to Botanists," 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, "'Masked Singer' Judge Nicole Scherzinger Just Dropped a Cryptic Spoiler and We're Stunned," 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, "The Ceramics Designer Inspired by 20th-Century Drawings of Brain Cells," 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, "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

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First Known Use of toadstool

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Toadstool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce toadstool (audio) \

Kids Definition of toadstool

: a mushroom especially when poisonous or unfit for food


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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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