Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Toadstone; a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth of Sphærodus, Pycnodus, and other Mesozoic ganoid fishes. It was formerly much esteemed for its imaginary virtues, and was worn in rings; it was thought to originate in the heads of toads.
- n. paleontology, obsolete A fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of fishes belonging to the family of Pycnodonts, whose remains occur in the oolite and chalk formations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) An old name for a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of fishes belonging to the family of Pycnodonts (thick teeth), whose remains occur in the oölite and chalk formations; toadstone; -- so named from a notion that it was originally formed in the head of a toad.
- Latin bufo toad and -ite. It was once believed to be formed in the head of a toad. (Wiktionary)
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