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  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 of natterjack

  • 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

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British Dictionary definitions for natterjack


  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 for natterjack

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for natterjack


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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