natterjack

[nat-er-jak]
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noun

a European toad, Bufo calamita, that moves by running.

Origin of natterjack

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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natterjack

noun

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

Word Origin for natterjack

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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