Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling the parotid gland; applied especially to cutaneous glandular elevations above the ear in many toads and frogs.
  • n. A parotoid gland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling the parotid gland; -- applied especially to cutaneous glandular elevations above the ear in many toads and frogs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a parotid; specifically, in herpetology, noting certain cutaneous glands. See II.
  • n. One of the cutaneous glands which form a warty mass or excrescence near the external ear or tympanum of some batrachians, as toads.

Etymologies

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parotid +‎ -oid

Examples

  • The arrow in the picture below is pointing at the spur connecting the cranial crest behind the right eye to the swollen parotoid gland.

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  • According to White & White (Amphibians and Reptiles of Delmarva, 2002), that species differs from the similar Fowler's toad in having the "cranial crests not touching parotoid glands or connected by a short spur".

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  • They share elongate parotoid glands and extensive digital webbing, but their proposed monophyly has been questioned (Graybeal & Cannatella 1995).

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  • A cane toad will respond to a particular threat by turning sideways so that the parotoid glands, where the toxin is produced, are directed towards the attacker.

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  • By pulling away the soft skin of the belly and eating only the mildly but not fatally poisonous internal organs, the animals avoid the skin and the toxin-producing parotoid glands, keeping death at bay.

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