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toad

Any of numerous species of tailless amphibians found throughout the world, except Antarctica. Most are short and rotund, and move with a crawling or hopping gait. Toads are differentiated ...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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2003

... . The toad features widely in English folklore, in beliefs, cures, and customs, but its roles are often contradictory, and in many of the following frogs and toads are apparently interchangeable. One of the factors which contributed to the toad's evil reputation was its reputed connection with witchcraft, as witches were widely believed to use them as familiars and to turn themselves into toads when they wished. A story reported from Ashburton (Devon) in 1876 relates how a man who had no strength to work found a great toad in his house one evening. He...

Frogs and Toads

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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653 words

...to fishlike tadpole to frog or toad is a vivid example of observable transformation in nature. Many anuran species are nocturnal, which leads to further symbolism; that they move by jumping adds to their interesting characteristics for symbolism. Frogs, which can jump nine times their body length, are more agile than toads and more water-dependent. Amphibians probably all secrete some skin toxins. Those bearing the most powerful poisons are generally found south of Mesoamerica. The largest toad, Bufo marinus (the “marine toad,” commonly known by its...

Diamonds and Toads

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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218 words

...opens her mouth, she lets fall a stream of toads and snakes. The younger girl marries a prince, but the elder is turned out of her home and dies. Numerous parallels to the story exist, one of the closest being the tale of ‘The Two Cakes’ in the Pentamerone (Day 4, tale 7). The story first appeared in English in 1729 in Histories, or Tales of Past Times , as The Fairy. It later became known as Diamonds and Toads, or Toads and Diamonds. F. Anstey , author of Vice Versa , turned the tale into a squib against evangelical books for the young in The...

Frogs and Toads

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The New Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians (2 ed.)

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2008
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
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18,790 words
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56

...True toads, harlequin frogs, and relatives Family: Bufonidae 495 species in 47 genera. All continents except Australia and Antarctica; Marine toad introduced on many islands and in W Australia. Mostly terrestrial, but a few aquatic or arboreal; nocturnal and diurnal. Species and genera include: American toad ( Anaxyrus americanus ); European common toad ( Bufo bufo ); Golden toad ( Ollotis pereglenes ); Marine toad ( Chaunus marinus ); harlequin frogs (genus Atelopus ); slender toads (genus Ansonia ). L ength : 2–23cm C olor : Most true toads are...

toads

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1 See Anura; Bufonidae; Discoglossidae; Peodytidae; Pipidae.2 (Mexican burrowing toad) See Rhinophrynidae.3 (spade-foot toads) See Pelobatidae.
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The toad features widely in English folklore, in beliefs, cures, and customs, but its roles are often contradictory, and in many of the following frogs and toads are apparently interchangeable. One ...
Cane Toads, the

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A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms (5 ed.)

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2014
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...Toads, the The Qld RL team, in State of Origin matches with NSW. 1986 Sun-Herald l Jun. 71: In 1986, as the man says, you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve experienced an evening of sheer emotion and unrelieved mayhem [in a State of Origin match at Lang Park] as the self‑styled Cane Toads yell themselves hoarse booing and hooting and gleefully abusing the despised Cockroaches from the...

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
Subject:
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12 words

...Toad In The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ....

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Mr Toad himself, although basically kind-hearted, can seem conceited and boastful. He is given to short-lived enthusiasms for expensive or dangerous hobbies, the most recent of which is a passion for motorcars. Imprisoned for stealing a car, he contrived to escape and returned to Toad Hall only to find it occupied by a group of weasels, stoats and ferrets from Wild Wood. A.A. Milne ’s Toad of Toad Hall ( 1929 ) is a dramatization of Grahame’s work. Toad-in-the-hole A dish of sausages baked in batter. Toads The device of clovis was three toads (or ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
57 words

... Any of numerous species of tailless amphibians found throughout the world, except Antarctica. Most are short and rotund, and move with a crawling or hopping gait. Toads are differentiated from frogs by having a rougher, bumpier skin and a rounder body with shorter legs. Length: 2–25cm (1–10in). Order Anura; family Bufonidae. See also ...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

... Any of various semiaquatic and terrestrial amphibians that have stout bodies, dry skin, no tail, and long back limbs for leaping. Contrast frog...

Frogs and Toads

Frogs and Toads  

FROGS AND TOADS ARE THE MOST NUMEROUS and diverse of the amphibians – about 5,453 species occupy habitats ranging from deserts and savannas to high mountains and tropical rain forests. ...
toad stabber

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... stabber slang also toad sticker (in the Civil War ) a bayonet, sword, or knife. See also pig-sticker...

Toad-eater

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...-eater At the final overthrow of the Moors, the Castilians made them their servants, and their active habits and officious manners greatly pleased the proud and lazy Spaniards, who called them mi todita (my factotum). Hence a cringing officious dependent, who will do all sorts of dirty-work for you, is called a todita or toad-eater . Pulteney’s toad-eater . Henry Vane . So called by Walpole ( 1742 ). from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable ( 1896...

Toad, Mr

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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2010
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207 words

..., Mr [Child. Lit.] In Kenneth Grahame's story for children The Wind in the Willows ( 1908 ), Mr Toad of Toad Hall is passionately devoted in turn to boats, gypsy caravans, and then the motorcar. He buys ‘a shiny new motor-car, of great size, painted a bright red (Toad's favourite colour)’. Because of his inability to resist the lure of fast driving, Badger and Rat take his car and try to keep him off the road, deeming him unsafe, but he steals a car and sets off again. > Someone susceptible to fads; someone who enjoys driving fast Crouching over the...

sausage toad

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A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.)

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2014

...toad Sausages baked in batter, also known as toad...

cane toad

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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2015

...toad ( Bufo marinus ) A toad, native to North, Central, and South America, that was introduced to North Queensland, Australia, in June 1935 to control the grey-backed cane beetle and the frenchie beetle, two pests of sugar cane. The 100 imported individuals began unseasonal breeding almost immediately and within six months there were 60000 toads. They spread through Queensland and by 2004 were advancing by 30–50 km/yr into the Northern Territory and 5 km/yr in northern New South Wales. The toads are large: a female may weigh 2.5 kg and be 26 cm long....

Frog and Toad

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
Subject:
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9 words

...Frog and Toad In books by Arnold Lobel ....

toad-in-the-hole

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013

...-in-the-hole Nowadays this British dish typically consists of sausage cooked in batter , but in its earliest incarnations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (when it was usually called toad in a hole ) various cuts of meat were used. Mrs Beeton, for instance, used steak and kidney, and recipes recommending the finest fillet steak are to be found, but often enough toad in the hole was a repository for leftovers. Even today lamb chops are occasionally found lurking in batter, and ‘sausage toad’ is the unappetizing colloquialism that distinguishes...

TOAD OR FROG, meeting

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
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267 words

... OR FROG , meeting 1180 NIGEL DE LONGCHAMPS Mirror for Fools (tr. Mozley, 97) May … a … toad in all his body manifest Cross leftward on their [his enemies'] path. 1584 SCOT Discoverie of Witchcraft XI xix. Sure it is meere casual, and also very foolish and incredible, that … by meeting of a toade, a man should escape a danger, or atchieve an enterprise. 1818 Edinburgh Magazine Nov. 412. A toad crawling over the path she [the bride] has to pass is a good omen. 1871 Good Words for the Young Sept. 630. The child's big sister, who had charge of...

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