from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous tailless amphibians chiefly of the family Bufonidae, related to and resembling the frogs but characteristically more terrestrial and having a broader body and rougher, drier skin.
- n. The horned lizard.
- n. A person regarded as repulsive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. this sense)An amphibian similar to a frog with bigger back legs and more ragged skin.
- n. A very unpleasant man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus Bufo and allied genera, especially those of the family Bufonidæ. Toads are generally terrestrial in their habits except during the breeding season, when they seek the water. Most of the species burrow beneath the earth in the daytime and come forth to feed on insects at night. Most toads have a rough, warty skin in which are glands that secrete an acrid fluid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A batrachian or amphibian of the family Bufonidæ or some related family.
- n. Figuratively, a person as an object of disgust or aversion: also used in deprecating or half-affectionate raillery. Compare toadling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
The male cane toad is very sex driven, therefore he will try to mate with ANYTHING ---- even dead frogs.
The current little toad is something else entirely.
While anyone should take the proper care and consideration into the ownership of any pet, the Sonoran desert toad is not endangered.
The toad is very long-lived and grows horns at the age of three thousand years.
This action must have been observed during the most ancient times, as, according to Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood,21 the word toad expresses in all the languages of Europe the habit of swelling.
As a matter of fact, those conversant with this subject make no distinction between the two, using the terms toad-stool and mushroom as interchangeable.
I hold there is a general beauty in the works of God, and therefore no deformity in any kind of species whatsoever: I cannot tell by what logic we call a toad, a bear, or an elephant ugly, they being created in those outward shapes and figures which best express those actions of their inward forms.
I cannot tell by what logick we call a toad, a bear, or an elephant ugly; they being created in those outward shapes and figures which best express the actions of their inward forms; and having passed that general visitation of God, who saw that all that he had made was good, that is, conformable to his will, which abhors deformity, and is the rule of order and beauty.
The headword toad is duly glossed, as padda, karta, and then -- quite needlessly -- illustrated, with this remarkably elucidating sentence: the toad was delighted to see his mother again.
Without a thought, Addie grabbed the washbasin, still filled with last night’s cold wash water, and she baptized the toad.