Toad lizard
Toad Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common toad ({Bufo vulgaris}) and the natterjack are familiar European species. The common American toad ({Bufo lentiginosus}) is similar to the European toad, but is less warty and is more active, moving chiefly by leaping. [1913 Webster]

{Obstetrical toad}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Obstetrical}.

{Surinam toad}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Pita}.

{Toad lizard} (Zo["o]l.), a horned toad.

{Toad pipe} (Bot.), a hollow-stemmed plant ({Equisetum limosum}) growing in muddy places. --Dr. Prior.

{Toad rush} (Bot.), a low-growing kind of rush ({Juncus bufonius}).

{Toad snatcher} (Zo["o]l.), the reed bunting. [Prov. Eng.]

{Toad spittle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cuckoo spit}, under {Cuckoo}.

{Tree toad}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Tree}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Toad — Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. Toads are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toad pipe — Toad Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. Toads… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toad rush — Toad Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. Toads… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toad snatcher — Toad Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. Toads… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toad spittle — Toad Toad, n. [OE. tode, tade, AS. t[=a]die, t[=a]dige; of unknown origin. Cf. {Tadpole}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus {Bufo} and allied genera, especially those of the family {Bufonid[ae]}. Toads… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lizard — Liz ard, n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l[ e]zard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. {Alligator}, {Lacerta}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order {Lacertilia}; sometimes, also applied to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lizard snake — Lizard Liz ard, n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l[ e]zard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. {Alligator}, {Lacerta}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order {Lacertilia}; sometimes, also applied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lizard stone — Lizard Liz ard, n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l[ e]zard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. {Alligator}, {Lacerta}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order {Lacertilia}; sometimes, also applied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lizard — [liz′ərd] n. [ME lesard < OFr < L lacerta, lizard: see LEG] 1. any of a suborder (Sauria, order Squamata) of reptiles characterized by a long slender body and tail, a scaly skin, and four legs, sometimes merely vestigial: most species live… …   English World dictionary

  • lizard — /liz euhrd/, n. 1. any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing… …   Universalium

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