TOAD, n. A paddoc, an animal of the genus Rana, the Rana Bufo of Linne; a small clumsy animal, the body warty, thick and disgusting to the sight, but perfectly harmless, and indeed it is said to be useful in gardens by feeding on noxious worms.
TOAD, n. [Sax. tade, tadige.]
A paddoc; a batrachian reptile, of the genus Bufo, a small clumsy animal, the body warty and thick, perfectly harmless, and indeed it is said to be useful in gardens by feeding on noxious insects.
- 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.