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Toad-stone

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Toad-stone a soft and earthy variety of trap-rock of a brownish-gray colour, looking like an argillaceous deposit
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tádige, tádie, a toad.

Usage

In literature:

Leonardus Camillus had seen a white stone taken from the brain of a newly killed toad, that was a certain antidote against poison.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Toad looked about for a stone to throw at him, but could not succeed in finding one, which vexed him more than anything.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
She saw a horned toad, the color of stone, squatting low, hiding fearfully in the sand within reach of her whip.
"The Light of Western Stars" by Zane Grey
Who has not seen a boy fling stones at a helpless hop-toad?
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The toad feeds upon earth, which causes a stone to come into his head.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Peter might have been a stick or a stone for all the notice Old Mr. Toad took of him.
"The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad" by Thornton W. Burgess
This toad must certainly have been enclosed in the stone from the creation, as it were, for the sake of John and Elizabeth.
"Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian" by Various
I can refuse to be the toad under the stone; I can make my fight to have my rights.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
Presently the man would hide himself in the darkness like a toad under a stone.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The blanket was hung up and shaken according to instructions, when, behold, a large toad fell on the hearth-stone.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Leonardus Camillus had seen a white stone taken from the brain of a newly-killed toad, that was a certain antidote against poison.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Hold the stone before a toad, so that he may see it.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
When he awoke, on the new stone by the pitcher was the toad, staring full at him with topaz eyes.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
The world could not seem blacker to a toad in the heart of a stone.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
On the removal of the stone, the Toad remained torpid for a few minutes, when it seemed to revive, and then crept out.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
On a slimy stone a toad sat sucking poison from the night air.
"British Goblins" by Wirt Sikes
You have talent; don't doze like a toad under a stone wall.
"A Speckled Bird" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Several toads were invited, and Minnie had even taken pains to roll some round stones into the room for their seats.
"Minnie; or, The Little Woman" by Caroline Snowden Guild
But the toad looked after her in a friendly manner, laughed to himself, and once more crept under his stone.
"The Swedish Fairy Book" by Various
ON June 1st, 1883, a toad was placed in a cavity hollowed in a large stone, and the opening was sealed up with cement.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
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In poetry:

The ousel singing in the woods of Cilgwri,
Tirelessly as a stream over the mossed stones,
Is not so old as the toad of Cors Fochno
Who feels the cold skin sagging round his bones.
"The Ancients of the World" by R S Thomas

In news:

Goliath Wendell, 15, prods his race frog forward as he battles against Connor Bauer, 9, and others during the Tournament of Toads at Stepping Stones Stables in Pikeville Saturday afternoon.
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