from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book-name of the tailless amphibians of the genus Pelobates which have teeth in the upper jaw, the processes of the sacral vertebræ expanded, and the ends of the toes simple. The typical representative is the brown toad-frog, Pelobates fuscus, of Europe.
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He don't never go to school hardly 'thout a garter-snake or two or a lizard or a toad-frog somewheres about him.
It got so for a-while at one school thet not a child in school could be hired to put his hand in the wood-box, not knowin 'ef any piece o' bark or old wood in it would turn out to be a young alligator or toad-frog thawin 'out.
"He wasn't to say crazy, but - well, he'd stand and talk to anything - a dog, a cat, a tree, a toad-frog - anything.