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natterjack

[nat-er-jak]
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noun
  1. a European toad, Bufo calamita, that moves by running.
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Origin of natterjack

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples

  • Kerry, it is plentiful and known by the name of Natchet, which is probably an Irish corruption of Natterjack.

    Animal Life of the British Isles

    Edward Step


British Dictionary definitions for natterjack

natterjack

noun
  1. a European toad, Bufo calamita, of sandy regions, having a greyish-brown body marked with reddish warty processes: family Bufonidae
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for natterjack

n.

1769, rare kind of British toad with a yellow stripe on its back; second element probably proper name jack (q.v.); for first element, Weekley suggests connection with attor "poison" (cf. attercop).

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