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  • Toadstools
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toadstool common name for an inedible or poisonous agaric (contrasting with the edible mushroom)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toadstool (Bot) A name given to many umbrella-shaped fungi, mostly of the genus Agaricus. The species are almost numberless. They grow on decaying organic matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toadstool A common name for numerous umbrella-shaped fungi which grow abundantly on decaying vegetable matter. It is usually restricted to the genus Agaricus, but also is extended to various allied fungi, and, still further, is sometimes applied to almost any fungus thiit is large enough to attract general attention, such as Hydnum, Lycoperdon, Morehella, etc. Popularly, the name toadstool is applied only to those fungi supposed to be poisonous, as distinguished from mushrooms, or edible forms, while as a matter of fact all true toadstools, belonging to the genus Agaricus or closely allied genera, are really mushrooms, and may or may not be poisonous. It frequently happens that an edible species is associated with a highly poisonous species, or grows in similar places, and can be distinguished only by a competent authority or by a careful microscopical examination. Also called toad's-cap, toad's-hat, toad's-meat, frogstool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Toadstool a poisonous kind of mushroom
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  • Katherine Mansfield
    “If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.”


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


In literature:

I paid special attention to the ordinary toadstools and mushrooms, which announced their near advent by cracking the surface of the soil.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The toadstool trembled for an instant, and then tumbled off the bush.
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
A crimson toadstool relieved the heavy green, and suggested that the year was drawing to a close.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I think I'll try to walk under a toadstool to keep out of the wet.
"The Story of a Stuffed Elephant" by Laura Lee Hope
Suffering toadstools, Sam, you don't mean it!
"The Rover Boys in the Air" by Edward Stratemeyer
Molds and toadstools are examples.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
GRANDFATHER MOLE was resting in the shade of a toadstool.
"The Tale of Grandfather Mole" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I daresay it was made of toadstools and poisonous herbs picked at night.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
You want to be asked to lunch on the toadstools.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
But to this day you can see the staircase of toadstools on the tree trunks where the Brownie went up.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
They are buildin' railroads everywhere, an' towns spring up over night, like toadstools.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
I sold the home and cursed its dank old trees and toadstools and silent, gloomy chambers the day I signed the deed.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
As soon as everyone was ready, Jimmy Rabbit climbed on top of a toadstool and made a speech.
"The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Mushrooms and toadstools were their food.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
No botanic distinction exists between toadstools and mushrooms; mushrooms may be regarded as edible toadstools.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
We have in America about two thousand different kinds of Mushrooms or Toadstools; they are the same thing.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Presently, standing out in conspicuous isolation, a great crimson toadstool caught his eye.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Cecilia followed after, surveying her little toadstool of a parasol, and stooping forward as she walked, like an undersized kangaroo.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Many of the toadstools are highly colored also; how do they profit by it?
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
These berries may be good, and these other things may be toadstools.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades

In poetry:

Proud gods, humbled, sunk so low,
Living with ghosts and ghouls,
And ghosts of ghosts and last year's snow
And dead toadstools.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
The winter streets an orchestra of horns
And gods slept under tabernacle tents
That sprang up overnight on circus grounds
Like giant toadstools yearning for respectability.
"Extraits" by Donald Justice
By the rose-flesh mushrooms, undivulged
Last evening—-nay, in to-day's first dew
Yon sudden coral nipple bulged,
Where a freaked fawn-coloured flaky crew
Of toadstools peep indulged.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Standing in their thousands, these appearances, in damp
what a pity they can't all be kicked over
like sickening toadstools, and left to melt back, swiftly
into the soil of England.
"How Beastly The Bourgeois Is" by D H Lawrence
In that far isle whence, iron-willed,
The New World's sires their bark unmoored,
The fairies' acorn-cups I filled
Upon the toadstool's silver board,
And, 'neath Herne's oak, for Shakespeare's sight,
Strewed moss and grass with diamonds bright.
"Ode Written For The Celebration Of The Cochituate Water Into The City Of Boston" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Stop toadstools with high-nitrogen fertilizer.
It doesn't even look like any of the other satellite tent fairs in Wynwood that sprout up like toadstools from cow patties after a flash summer rain.
Stop toadstools with high-nitrogen fertilizer .
Suppress toadstools by applying a high nitrogen fertilizer to your lawn each fall and spring and keeping it very wet for 3-5 days.
Stop toadstools with high- nitrogen fertilizer.
How to Make Toadstools, Part 1.
Remove mushrooms and toadstools in your yard to prevent accidental poisoning of your pets.
How to Make Toadstools, Part 2.