toad: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (tōd), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various tailless amphibians that are close relatives of the frogs in the order Anura and that typically have dry, warty skin and are terrestrial or semiterrestrial in habit. Cf. (def. 1).
  2. Also calleda toad of the widespread and chiefly terrestrial family Bufonidae, having relatively short hind legs used in hopping and often having at the shoulders swellings containing glands that, along with the skin, secrete an irritating fluid in defense. Cf. (def. 2).
  3. any of various toadlike animals, as certain lizards.
  4. a person or thing as an object of disgust or aversion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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