Etymology
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toad (n.)

c. 1300, from late Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and according to OED with no known cognates outside English. Applied to loathsome persons from 1560s. Toad-strangler "heavy rain" is from 1919, U.S. Southern dialectal.

updated on February 10, 2014

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Definitions of toad from WordNet

toad (n.)
any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species;
Synonyms: frog / toad frog / anuran / batrachian / salientian
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