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toad

  

      n  
1    any anuran amphibian of the class Bufonidae, such as Bufo bufo (common toad) of Europe. They are similar to frogs but are more terrestrial, having a drier warty skin  
   Related adj       batrachian  
2    any of various similar amphibians of different families  
3    a loathsome person  
     (Old English tadige, of unknown origin; see tadpole)  
  toadish, toadlike      adj  


cane toad  
      n   a large toad, Bufo marinus, native to Central and South America but introduced into many countries to control insects and other pests of sugar-cane plantations,   (Also called)    giant toad, marine toad  
horned toad   , lizard  
      n   any small insectivorous burrowing lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, inhabiting desert regions of America, having a flattened toadlike body covered with spines: family Iguanidae (iguanas)  
midwife toad  
      n   a European toad, Alytes obstetricans, the male of which carries the fertilized eggs on its hind legs until they hatch: family Discoglossidae  
Queensland cane toad  
      n     (Austral)   a toad, Bufo marinus, introduced into Queensland from Hawaii to control insect pests, becoming a pest itself  
Surinam toad  
      n      another name for       pipa  
toad-in-the-hole  
      n     (Brit. and Austral)   a dish made of sausages baked in a batter  
toad spit   , spittle  
      n      another name for       cuckoo spit  
tree toad  
      n      a less common name for       tree frog  
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